Douglas Egerton, a history professor at LeMoyne College and currently the Merrill Family Visiting Professor of History at Cornell University, will give the opening address at the Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region 2015 Conference 7 p.m. Friday at Bush Memorial on the campus of Russell Sage College in Troy.
Egerton, who received his doctorate in Early American and 19th century U.S. History at Georgetown University in 1985, will deliver a presentation titled, “Black Activists and National Reconstruction.”
Egerton, whose grandmother was the daughter of a Confederate officer and slaveholder, has written extensively on slavery, the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln and Reconstruction.
The three-day conference will begin with an educators workshop from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday at the Rensselaer County Historical Society at 57 Second St. in Troy.
Dr. Henry Louis Taylor, a professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Buffalo, will give the Saturday morning keynote address at 9:45 at Sage’s Bush Memorial. Also director of the Center for Urban Studies at the University of Buffalo, Taylor’s research has focused on a historical and contemporary analysis of distressed urban neighborhoods, social isolation, and race and class issues among people of color. His talk is titled, “From the Underground Railroad to the Fight Against Neoliberal Racism: The Long Struggle for Black Liberation.”
A day-long series of presentations will be held on Saturday at Russell Sage, including a discussion of the rescue of Troy’s Charles Nalle in April 1860. On Sunday, a bus tour of Albany’s Underground Railroad locations, including a tour of the Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence, will begin at noon.
For more information, visit www.undergroundrailroadhistory.org.