New Event

MHAHP is participating in the Poughkeepsie Library District's series on Abraham Lincoln. See for complete details.

MHAHP's event includes the Anti-Slavery Singers performing and a re-enactment of a sermon given on the eve of Lincoln's inauguration right here in Poughkeepsie at the First Congregational Church


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:

Antislavery Group

Next Meeting (Business):
7PM December 8th

at The First Congregational Church

269 Mill St (West bound Arterial Rt 44/55), Poughkeepsie, NY

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To view the schedule of meetings for 2013 ##click here.

  • 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.

Videos made by DCC students

A Dutchess Community College class created a video of interviews with various MHAHP members and the AntiSlavery Singers performing a selection of songs from the song book we have. Click here to see the complete video. Go to the singers section to play each song individually.

Photos from a few of our events...

Women who ushered at the re-enactment of Eve of the Lincoln Inaugural.

Women who ushered at the re-enactment of Eve of the Lincoln Inaugural.

Re-enactment of  "Eve of Lincoln Inauguration".

Re-enactment of
"Eve of Lincoln Inauguration".

Replica of Amistad

Replica of Amistad during
visit to Poughkeepsie in 2006.