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Abolition Walk 2023
Saturday, October 21

Melvin and Patricia Stith Providing the Opening Remarks

Melvin Stith, a retired Syracuse University Dean and Veteran of the US Army, and Patricia Stith, a prominent educator and advocate for equality, have dedicated their lives to advancing education and justice for all. Their commitment to human rights and their unwavering support for community have made them exemplary leaders in the ongoing struggle for social change.

Their insight, passion, and dedication to the principles of abolition and justice will undoubtedly inspire and engage all participants in this important event.

If you want to join us for the Abolition Walk, make sure to register. If you need a scholarship, please send us an email at


Why Canastota?

  1. Underground Railroad Routes: Canastota, strategically located between Syracuse and Utica, was a significant stop on the Underground Railroad.  The Gerrit Smith Estate served as a refuge for escaped slaves seeking freedom on their way to Canada. 

  2. Abolitionist Conventions: The town hosted several abolitionist conventions during the mid-19th century.

  3. Anti-Slavery Publications: Canastota residents published anti-slavery newspapers and pamphlets that spread awareness about the horrors of slavery and advocated for its abolition

Erie Canal

Abolition freedom Walk 2022

gathering halfway in Clockville, NY


History Underfoot

SU Women's Basketball Coach to lead Abolition Walk '22

Central New York athletic legend, Felisha Legette-Jack, who recently returned to her hometown of Syracuse as head coach of Syracuse University's women's basketball team, will come to Canastota on the morning of October 23rd with members of her team to kick off the Abolition Freedom Walk. 


After leading her Nottingham women's basketball team to two state championships, Legette graduated as SU's all time leading scorer and rebounder. A fierce competitor, her career includes decades of successful coaching experience and reflects an intense commitment to the well-being of student athletes and communities. 

Felisha Legette-Jack
Abolition Ale Joins Abolition Road
Erie Canal Brewing logo

Erie Canal Brewing on Peterboro Street in Canastota responded to a request from Joe DiGiorgio, President of the Canastota Canal Town Museum, and Roseanne Warner, Mayor of the Village of Canastota, to brew something special for the Abolitionist Freedom Walk, October 23, 2022. Situated at the beginning of the Abolition Road to Peterboro, the brew business has created a new craft beer named 1835 Abolition Ale. The Classic Lite N' E Zee Thirst Quenching Pale Ale is available at the Canastota taproom and at Seneca Street Brew Pub in Manlius. Erie Canal Brewing arranged with Center Street Market to have sandwiches and snacks available at the taproom on October 23.

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