Civil Rights

New York was a national center for abolitionism, at the forefront of the Underground Railroad movement, and where black leaders like Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman made their home and worked with allies like Gerrit Smith and William Seward to end slavery in America. That legacy of equality continued with the birth of the modern gay rights movement in 1969 at the Stonewall Inn in New York City.  Sites across New York State bring this civil rights history to life for all who celebrate liberty and justice.

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