The Queens Historical Society, the borough-wide historical society for the County of Queens has been awarded a $25,000 grant (sponsored by New York State Assemblyman Jeffrion Aubry -- 35th Assembly District, Queens) for the purpose of establishing a committee to research, document, and provide public information on the importance of the Underground Railroad as it relates to the Flushing, NY community, the State of New York, and its national significance, This project must determine an appropriate means by which to acknowledge the local and state-wide effort in commemorating the Underground Railroad through a program Of education,, example, reflection, and reconciliation.
The purpose of this project is to recognize the importance of the Underground Railroad, the sacrifices made by those who used it in search of freedom from tyranny and oppression, and the sacrifices made by the people who helped diem.
An open meeting of all interested parties will be held at Macedonia A.M.E. Church, 37-22 Union Street, Flushing, New York, on Tuesday, November 10, 1998 at 7:30 PM. Parking is available in the municipal parking lot, next to Macedonia A.M.E. Church.
Anyone with historical documentation pertaining to the Underground Railroad that could be advantageous to the research committee, please contact the Queens Historical Society, Vice President for History, James Driscoll at (718) 939-0647.