5/10/2019 → 6:00-9:00pm
Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center
195 New Karner Road
Albany NY, 12205
Discovery Center Program
You are invited to attend the 4th annual fundraiser to benefit the Rapp Road Historical Association. This promises to be a great social and educational experience which will include a light fare and beverages, photo gallery and entertainment.
The Rapp Road Historical Association will honor Christopher Hawver, Executive Director of the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission.
The Rapp Road Historic District (RRHD) is a cluster of 23 homes built by African Americans who migrated predominantly from Shubuta, Mississippi as part of the Great Migration (1927 to 1963). During this time span, 23 families chose to build their homes and raise a family in the Pine Bush section of Albany, New York. The southern style shotgun homes (front door and back door with rooms on right and left side) are unique to the Dutch Colonial and decidedly urban architecture of Albany. RRHD is on both the 2002 and 2003 national registries. Both acknowledgments are the result of the rich history associated with the homes and the families that built them on Rapp Road.
Presently, some of the homes are owned by the aging children or grandchildren of the original owners who built them. People who lived in the south and more specifically Shubuta, Mississippi who visit Rapp Road cannot believe the resemblance of where they once lived. RRHD is Albany’s only African American focused historic district and a part of the 3 percent of all National Register listings that celebrates African American heritage. This community is one of the only intact African American communities in which their descendants are living in dwellings constructed because of (by people who took part in the) the Great Migration. Visit https://rapproad.wordpress.com/ to learn more.
Donation of $35 with reservation. Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rapp-road-historical-association-4th-annual-fundraiser-tickets-59077506412 to purchase tickets.
DIRECTIONS TO APB DISCOVERY CENTER: From I-87 take exit 2W (Rt 5 West, Central Avenue). Follow Rt 5 for about 2 miles then turn left onto Rt 155 (New Karner Rd). Continue on Rt 155 for about 1.2 miles. The Discovery Center is located on the left at 195 New Karner Road. (518)456-0655