UTICA — The Oneida County History Center will host a presentation by Ted Engle of the Saint David’s Society, on the life of the Rev. Robert Everett, an influential Welsh preacher, publisher, and abolitionist from Remsen, at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9.
The Rev. Everett was a Welsh-American who came to Oneida County in 1823 from Wales. He quickly became involved in the Anti-slavery movement. In 1835, Utica was selected as the site for the first state Anti-Slavery Convention.
The meeting was broken up by an angry mob. Initially stationed in Utica, Everett was forced to move several times because his views were considered so radical during those early times. His church services were often interrupted by people who rejected his abolitionist message.
He eventually moved to the Remsen-Steuben region and became a publisher, as well as a preacher. His books were distributed throughout the country, the territories, and even internationally. He also translated and published anti-slavery speeches of Frederick Douglas and Harriet Beecher Stowe (Uncle Tom’s Cabin).
While in Remsen he became a stationmaster in the Underground Railroad and assisted several runaway slaves escape to Canada. By the time of his death, he was internationally known and revered.
Join them in person at the History Center, 1608 Genesee St., or virtually via Zoom. In accordance with local, federal and CDC guidelines, masks are required for all visitors regardless of vaccination status. Those attending via Zoom should register in advance for the meeting at: oneidacountyhistory.org/programs. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting
The Oneida County History Center is a private, not-for-profit educational institution dedicated to preserving the history, heritage, and culture of the Greater Mohawk Valley for present and future generations. Admission to the program is free, but donations are encouraged. Contact the History Center at 315-735-3642 or visit the OCHC website (www.oneidacountyhistory.org) for additional information.