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 Underground Railroad Stamp Ceremony

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(left to right) ~ Natalie Whitfield, Anthonissa Joseph, M. Rosina Major,

Renessia Joseph, Stephani L. Zinerman.

On Tuesday, April 30, 2024, the NY Chapter of the Ebony Society of Philatelic Events and Reflections (ESPER) in collaboration with New York State Assembly Member Stefani L. Zinerman hosted an unveiling of the Underground Railroad stamps at the Weeksville Heritage Center in Brooklyn. Weeksville is a historical African-American neighborhood founded by freed slaves in the 19th century; a proper setting for the unveiling.

THE PROGRAM CONSISTED OF:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Musician Eric Frazier who provided background music and opened the event with the pouring of libations

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Invocation given by The Rev. Dr. Lori Hartman of Janes United Methodist Church

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Singer, Natalie Whitfield lead the assembly in “Lift Every Voice and Sing” and performed “Is Massa Gonna Sell Us Tomorrow?”

PRESENTERS

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Master of Ceremony 

Brian E. Major, Freelance Writer

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Welcome ~ M. Rosina Major,

NY Chapter Director of ESPER

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             Representative of Berean Baptist Church, which was a “station” on the Underground Railroad.

Connection to the  Underground Railroad

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Representatives of the Prince Hall Masons spoke about the organization’s connection to the Underground Railroad

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Keynote Speaker ~ NYS Assembly Member Stephani L. Zinerman

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Greetings were offered by Jonathan Murray, Operations Manager of Weeksville Heritage Center.

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Leo-in-Training Kamiya Atherley

read passages from the book,

“Before She Was Harriet”

Don  Neal, ESPER's newsletter editor  

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Leo Anthonissa Joseph and Leo to Lion Renessia Joseph recited poem,

“Bury Me in a Free Land”

New York Lions Club  

Dr. Wilma Hunt, MD with Della Moses Walker,

ESPER's New Jersey Chapter Director 

USPS beside ESPER table

Extra photos for event.

Photos by Keith Major and Asley Turnbull

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History of 

Underground Railroad

Click on each stamp for short bio

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