ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Albany kicked off its celebration of Black History Month on Thursday with an event at the county office building.

The theme this year is “Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African American Memories.”

Mary Liz Stewart is part of the Underground Railroad History Project, and she’s helping piece together the role the underground railroad played in the Capital Region’s history.

“That we’re bringing forward a story from the voices of people who lived, worked and walked where we live and work and walk,” she said. “It was an accounting that was different than the standard retelling that I’m sure all of you have heard in your lifetime. We’re very pleased to be able to share with you today what has become a new interpretation of a very old story.”

Special events will be held throughout the month of February to honor Black History Month at Albany County offices to celebrate hallowed grounds around the Capital Region.