Excavation begins to uncover more of Ithaca’s Underground Railroad history

"ITHACA, N.Y.—On Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021, the St. James A.M.E. Zion Church commenced an archaeological dig to help further detail the church’s role helping the Underground Railroad free escaped slaves.

At 9 a.m., the Rev. Terrance King, pastor of St. James, spoke to those in attendance at the church, followed by other local speakers—Dr. Adam Smith and Dr. Gerald Aching of Cornell University; Dr. Anna B. Kelles, State Assemblyperson representing the 125th district; Ducson Nguyen, Alderperson of Ithaca’s 2nd Ward; and Elder Derrill Blue of A.M.E. Zion Church. Mabel Welch, a member of St. James, sang “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” to the congregation."

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