The Bronx Borough President Vanessa L. Gibson has partnered with the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) to organize an event in commemoration of Abolition Day.
To make the even more colorful and memorable, the Office of the Bronx BP Gibson honored some African American leaders in appreciation of their contributions to the development of the county.
“Congratulations to all of our honorees! They have worked tirelessly for decades to uplift the next generation of leaders and we proudly stand on their shoulders,” BP Gibson said.
ASALH is the oldest and largest historical society established for the promotion of African American history.
Before the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 and the enforcement of General Order No. 3 in Texas in 1865(Juneteenth), New York State abolished slavery within its borders becoming the first state to do so.
On July 4th, 1827 New York decreed the freedom of African American adult men and women who had been born before July 4th, 1799.