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Press Release

Publish Date: 1/23/2014

History & Archives Honors Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, The Montgomery County Department of History & Archives will host a book discussion on Wednesday, February 26th 2014 at 10:00am at the Old Courthouse on 9 Park Street in Fonda. The public is welcome to participate in the discussion on Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina's Mr. and Mrs. Prince: How an Extraordinary Eighteenth-Century Family Moved Out of Slavery and into Legend.

According to the description on, "Merging comprehensive research and grand storytelling, Mr. and Mrs. Prince reveals the true story of a remarkable pre-Civil War African-American family, as well as the challenges that faced African-Americans who lived in the North versus the slaves who lived in the South.

Both accomplished people, Lucy Terry was a devoted wife and mother, and the first known African-American poet. Abijah Prince, her husband, was a veteran of the French and Indian Wars and an entrepreneur. Together they pursued what would become the cornerstone of the American dream-having a family and owning property where they could live, grow, and prosper. Owning land in both Vermont and Massachusetts, they were well on their way to settling in when bigoted neighbors tried to run them off. Rather than fleeing, they asserted their rights, as they would do many times, in court."

Black History Month, first recognized nationally in 1976, is an observance each year in February to honor the accomplishments of black Americans throughout history.

Participants can purchase copies of the Mr. and Mrs. Prince online, at bookstores, or check with your local library. Because space is limited, please call the Montgomery County Department of History & Archives at (518) 853-8186 to register for the book discussion. In the event of inclement weather, the discussion may be rescheduled for a later date.

Kelly Yacobucci Farquhar
County Historian/RMO
Montgomery County Dept. of History & Archives Old Courthouse, P.O. Box
1500 Fonda, NY  12068-1500

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