For centuries, Central New York has been the scene of many battles in the ongoing struggle for freedom and equality. The OHA is honored to play a role in preserving, recognizing and recounting these histories.
The decisions we make now create the foundation for our future. The more informed those decisions are, the stronger that foundation will be. Learn about the amazing people and events from our community whose fearlessness and perseverance motivate and inspire us to STAND UP TODAY.
Below you will find a list of the projects and works that describe some of the ways OHA IS STANDING UP. It features motivating and inspiring stories from our proud African American heritage, and the history and impact of racism on our community. From slavery, the Underground Railroad, and emancipation, through the history of social justice icons and political trailblazers, to black entertainers, sports superstars and the integration of the National Basketball Association (NBA), OHA produces content that is relevant to the issues we are facing today.
Be informed, be motivated, and be inspired to STAND UP FOR JUSTICE. Together we will build on our past to make a better future.
- Explore a virtual museum with the mission to preserve local black history.
- Browse our books on black history and prominent historic figures.
- Read former, related History Highlights articles.
- Watch OHA’s Bedtime Stories.
- Explore related OHA panel exhibits.
- Buy the Emmy© Award winning film, “Let ‘Em Know You’re There” by Readily Apparent Media, in partnership with the Onondaga Historical Association, about former Syracuse Nationals NBA player, Jim Tucker, and his 63 year long triple-double record.
- Other films available for purchase: Syracuse’s 15th Ward and Beyond Documentary, The Jerry Rescue: Syracuse Defies the Fugitive Slave Law
- Once the Onondaga Historical Association’s museum in downtown Syracuse (321 Montgomery Street) opens, visit the amazing Freedom Bound: Syracuse & The Underground Railroad exhibit dedicated to the history of anti-slavery and the Underground Railroad activity in Onondaga County.
- OHA commissioned play, “Possessing Harriet” by award winning playwright, Kyle Bass, Possessing Harriet. The show had its professional debut at Syracuse Stage in October, 2018. The following summer, July 2019, the performance traveled to the Franklin Stage Company. The play will be presented at the East Lynne Theater in Cape May, NJ, and by SUNY Cortland in 2022.