Mid-Hudson Antislavery History Project

The Mid-Hudson Antislavery History Project (MHAHP) is a non-profit group created in 2006 to bring together researchers, educators, community leaders, and members of the public to:

* conduct and synthesize research on the history of antislavery in the Mid-Hudson Valley, with special emphasis on the Underground Railroad;

* interpret this history and share these interpretations with a wide array of residents and visitors in our area, with particular attention to students and youth; and

* place this local history in the broader contexts of racial slavery in the New World, the African-American experience, and antislavery legacies today, including the impact of this historic grassroots movement on subsequent struggles for racial and social justice.

MHAHP is a donor-advised fund of the Community Foundation of Dutchess County, we are a grassroots organization and welcome volunteers and supporters of all backgrounds and interests to work on research, public programs, and community outreach.  Please join us!  You can contact us at  PO Box 3647, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603, or contact Rebecca Edwards at Vassar College.

Click HERE [pdf below] for our 2007 report on the abolitionist movement and the Underground Railroad in Poughkeepsie:

Final Underground Railroad Report

Click HERE [link below] to learn about MHAHP's guidebook, Slavery, Antislavery, and the Underground Railroad: A Dutchess County Guide, available through the Hudson House imprint:


Click HERE [link below] for some lesson plans on the theme "I See Freedom," sponsored by Teaching the Hudson Valley, in association with Mt. Gulian Historic Site, which is a designation site on MHAHP's Freedom Trail: