Reps. Carolyn B. Maloney, Tom Reed Lead First-Ever Faith & Politics Institute Congressional Pilgrimage in Western New York

Jul 23, 2018
Press Release
Bipartisan Group Explores Confluence of Abolition and Women’s Suffrage Movements

NEW YORK, NY – This past weekend, Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) and Tom Reed (R-NY) joined the Faith and Politics Institute (FPI) to host a first-ever pilgrimage exploring the confluence of two significant freedom movements with deep roots in New York State: the abolition movement and women’s suffrage. The 2018 American Experience Pilgrimage took place July 20 through July 22, with the group visiting Auburn, Peterboro, Seneca Falls, Canandaigua and Rochester.

“I am so glad that FPI took my suggestion of a Western New York trip and made it a reality. There is so much history in this region and so many great figures who not only called Western New York home but used it as their home base in the fight to end slavery and the fight for women’s right to vote.,” said Rep. Maloney. “The trajectories of the anti-slavery and pro-suffrage movements diverged at times, but there were so many important ways in which these leaders found common ground and common purpose toward equality. We need more of that today. I am proud to have worked with Rep. Reed and FPI to host this historic trip and am energized to take the lessons we learned this weekend back to Washington.”

“This weekend allowed me to reflect, grow and take into account our history while simultaneously encouraging me to think about bipartisan ways to make a true difference for the people in New York and our nation as a whole,” said Rep. Reed. “I would like to thank Rep. Maloney for joining me on this trip and FPI for coordinating this journey.”

“The Faith & Politics Institute’s pilgrimages bring members of Congress together outside of Washington, bridging divides of party affiliation, race, region and religion,” said Joan Mooney, President & CEO of the Faith & Politics Institute. “Thank you to Reps. Maloney and Reed for leading our first-ever pilgrimage to Western New York to reflect on our country’s defining social reform movements and explore how lessons learned over 150 years ago are still relevant today.” 

In Auburn and Peterboro on July 20, the group visited the National Abolition Hall of Fame, the Gerrit Smith Estate and the Harriet Tubman Estate and Seward House. In Seneca Falls and Canandaigua on July 21, the group toured the Women’s Rights National Historical Park on the anniversary of the first Women’s Rights Convention held in Seneca Falls in 1848. And in Rochester on July 22, participants visited the Susan B. Anthony Museum Carriage House and participated in a wreath laying ceremony honoring Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony.