The distinctive panel, which was installed last month, is one of a series of state funded markers on New York's Underground Railroad Heritage Trail. The North Country has three others - one at the John Brown Farm in North Elba, one at the the Essex County Courthouse in Elizabethtown, and one at the First Congregational Church in Malone.
"This, to me, is extremely important because we know about the American Revolution, we know about the War of 1812," said Papson. "This is another story about freedom, not of political freedom, but of social freedom."
The Feb. 16 unveiling will take place in front of the main entrance to the First Presbyterian Church at 34 Brinkerhoff St., beginning at 5 p.m. Interim pastor Virginia Murray and Papson will be joined by members of the church and the association for the event. Following the unveiling, members of the NCURHA board and church steering committee will convene in the church for their regular monthly meeting. The public is invited to both the panel unveiling and the meeting.