Photos of the Green family. J.R. Green is wearing his WWI uniform. The other photos are his wife Ruth Green and their three children. Photo found in trunk at 433 State Street, Hudson, NY. Image from Hudson Area Library’s BLACC Oral History Project Collection.

History of the Black Community in Hudson: A Discussion of the Black Legacy Association of Columbia County (BLACC) Collection

Join Library Director Emily Chameides, Senior Policy Advisor of Hudson Catskill Housing Coalition Quintin Cross, and founder/executive director of Black Entrepreneur Market, Tiffany Garriga, for an evening celebrating the launch of the website dedicated to the Black Legacy Association of Columbia County (BLACC) Collection. This collection of local oral histories, images, and documents from the 1980s collected under the auspices of Columbia Opportunities has been organized, digitized, archived, and made accessible by the Hudson Area Library through a Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant. The evening will include video and audio of the oral history interviews of black residents of Hudson and the county. Discussion of the history of the black community and images from the collection will also be a part of the evening.

Date/Time: Thursday, March 3, 6pm

Location: Virtual via Zoom. Anyone needing technical assistance can view the event from our Community Room; email

Registration: To register and receive the Zoom link click here.

Columbia Opportunities, Inc. donated the collection to the Hudson Area Library in 2018. In 2019, the library was awarded an Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services for a collaborative project with Oral History Summer School (OHSS) to create interplay between this collection, the library’s oral history collection, and the 500+ life histories in the OHSS collection.

This project is supported by a grant from the Fund for Columbia County of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.