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Albany Mayor welcomes ‘Dreaming of Timbuctoo’ exhibit to City Hall

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ALBANY, N.Y. -- Dreaming of Timbuctoo, a week long exhibit, has been welcomed by Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, to Albany City Hall Rotunda.  

Beginning in 1999, the exhibit was created to bring awareness to New York history, telling the story of free black New Yorkers who were given forty acres of land in the Adirondacks in the 1840's, so that they qualified to vote.

The land was donated by Gerrit Smith, informally known as "Timbuctoo."  Smith envisioned the land he donated to harbor a community of self-sufficient black farmers.

The goal of the exhibit is to illustrate the crucial role of land and suffrage, in the political war against slavery and inequality in New York State.

"Dreaming of Timbuctoo" has been displayed in numerous locations throughout New York State, and Mayor Sheehan said she is honored to be hosting the exhibit in City Hall.

The exhibit is free and open to the public at City Hall Rotunda from 10a.m until 5p.m daily from February 10- 14.

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