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Rapp Road Presentation: Albany County Continues Black History Month Celebration

February 08, 2019

Why do people move and why have they moved here? That’s the subject of our next Black History Month event on Tuesday, February 12 at 10:30am as Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy welcomes Beverly Bardequez, President of the Rapp Road Historical Association. The national theme this month is “Black Migrations” and Bardequez will talk about Rapp Road and how it continues to be a flourishing community decades after the Great Migration from Mississippi. Bardequez is the granddaughter of original Rapp Road settlers Leola and Alfred Woodward.

Between 1910 and 1970, over 14,000 African Americans chose to make Albany their new home in a search of better opportunities and many descendants of the original families who settled in the Rapp Road community are still there and thriving. The Rapp Road Historic District was listed among the 2016-2017 “Seven to Save” endangered places by the Preservation League of New York State.

Join County Executive McCoy in the Cahill Room at 112 State Street in Albany for the discussion, which will also feature historical pieces from the Association and the Albany County Hall of Records.

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Albany County ExecutiveDaniel P. McCoy