Diversity in the Adirondacks

Past, Present & Future

by Alyssa Harrynanan, Kelly Adirondack Research Fellow
Contributor: Dr. David Cotter, Advisor

Samuel Northup, Free Black man who lived in the Adirondacks before being kidnapped and sold into slavery in the South. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

It's no surprise that the Adirondacks has a predominantly white population with regard to both its residents and visitors. As such, there has been a recent push to bring more diversity to the area. However, this begs the question of whether or not BIPOC folks (Black, Indigenous, and other people of color) are welcomed , especially since they have been written out of Adirondack history and have had troubling experiences in the area. With this in mind, it is important to talk about these experiences and the issues that BIPOC folks have faced in the past and present so that we can work toward a more inclusive and welcoming future for all people in the Adirondacks.

Below are links to a three-part podcast that details this past, present, and future, with a specific focus on Black and Indigenous experiences. Please feel free to listen to each of the segments so that together, we can further the conversation and efforts being made to bring diversity to the Adirondacks.



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    Union College - Schaffer Library
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    Schenectady, N.Y.