HYDE PARK, N.Y. -- A free discussion for the public on "Slavery and the Church in New York" is set for Sunday, April 10 a the FDR Presidential Library.
The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum and the Mid-Hudson Antislavery History Project will present the program with the Rev. Charles Kramer.
At the end of the 18th century, New York had the highest concentration of enslaved people of any state north of Maryland.
Abolition was not completed till 1827, and even after that, opposing views about the institution of slavery produced varying conflicts in many segments of the citizens of the state, including the religious communities.
The Rev. Charles Kramer, Rector of St. James' Church, Hyde Park -- the Roosevelt family's church, will discuss the various aspects of these conflicts, with emphasis on the way they played out in the Hudson Valley.
Kramer has a B.A. from Indiana University where he double majored in German and journalism and a M.A. in teaching.
He attended the General Theological Seminary in New York City and was ordained a priest in 1990.
Kramer came to St. James Church in Hyde Park in 1997.
He writes a column for Hudson Valley News, touching on the issues of the day.
Click here for more information or call (800) 337-8474.
The program will begin at 2 p.m. in the Henry A. Wallace Visitor and Education Center, 4079 Albany Post Road.
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