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Lemmon Slave Case Exhibit on Display at Cortland County Courthouse

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The Historical Society of New York announced their tour to 45 courthouses in New York State will be at the Cortland County Courthouse from May 2nd to Friday, May 13th.


The exhibit is on The Lemon Case: 1852-1860, A Prelude to the Civil War. This panel exhibit of the landmark Court of Appeals case features a video narration by James Earl Jones with an introduction by Chief Judge Janet DiFiore.

This exhibit is intended to educate the public on the role of the New York courts in paving the way for the abolition of slavery. Through the facts of the case, visitors learn how the courts helped free eight enslaved young women and children who sailed into the New York harbor with their owners from Virginia.

You can visit the exhibit until May 13th, in the rotunda inside the Cortland County Courthouse in the city of Cortland.

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