Port Henry’s 20th Century African American Community: A Conversation with Dr. Alice Green
February 27 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Join us for a conversation on Zoom with author Dr. Alice P. Green about her recent book, Outsider: Stories of Growing Up Black in the Adirondacks. Outsider details her experiences as her family grappled with poverty, race, and acceptance in the mid-20th-century Champlain Valley. Dr. Green’s book chronicles her experiences growing up in Essex County after her father started working at Republic Steel’s Witherbee-Sherman iron ore mines as part of the Great Migration. While Dr. Green’s family was one of only two Black families in the hamlet of Witherbee, the nearby community of Port Henry had a thriving Black community centered on Elizabeth Street.
Dr. Green will share stories of growing up in Witherbee and spending time in Port Henry, connecting buildings and places of significance to Port Henry and the surrounding area’s African American community.