The African American Experience in Three of New York’s Southern Tier Counties, 1803–1960

51 minutes
African American
Steuben County
Cattaraugus County
Allegany County

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The African American experience in the rural “Southern Tier” counties of western New York State is largely unexplored.

Using his own extended family as a case study, Dr. Biddle will document and describe that experience from the region’s first European settlement in the early 1800s through the 1950s, when social and economic forces led to the departures of many to urban centers to the north and west. 

About the Presenter

Stanton Biddle, PhD, is VP of the Jean Sampson Scott Greater New York Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc., an organization dedicated to the advancement of African American family history research. After being a celebrated and award-winning Librarian at Baruch College for thirty years, he has devoted his life to genealogy.