January is "Slavery Awareness and Human Trafficking Month." For this month, we shared materials about Moses Viney, who was a man who had been enslaved. Eliphalet Nott, one of the early presidents at Union College, employed Viney and helped to secure his freedom. Materials included for this month are pages taken from pages from the diaries of Jonathan Pearson, who graduated from Union in 1835 and went on to work at the college librarian and treasurer, and his discussion of Viney within. We shared photographs of Pearson and Viney, as well, and we've attached transcripts of the diaries of Jonathan Pearson as well.
For February, Andrea Belair created a document that discussed the first African-American to attend Union College, David Rosell. Andrea discusses what happened to Rosell, and traced some of his history after his early departure from Union.
For March, Women's History Month, we included information about two prominent women in Union College's history, Anne Perkins and Urania Sheldon Nott.
The month of April is Stress Awareness Month, and it contains Arbor Day and Earth Day as well. Joseph Conti, Arborist at Union College, helped add some information regarding the history of the trees at Union College for this month.
For this month, there was a lot to celebrate. Andrea Belair retrieved documents about some of the history of LGBTQ Rights at Union College, upon which Prof. Baston submitted his commentary. For African-American Music Appreciation Month, Belair compiled some materials from musical performances at Union College, and Matt Miless shared a playlist and spreadsheet of musicians who have performed throughout the history of the college.