By Alethea Connolly

Alethea 'Lee' Connolly has written an extraordinary local history that depicts “the movers and shakers” of the anti-slavery movement twenty-five years before Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863.....and it was right here in Onondaga County, New York, in the Town Of Manlius! Who would have known!

The book titled, THE SECEDERS, depicts the powerful force that religious convictions had in motivating these men and women to refuse to remain silent...and the exciting struggle faced by these men and women. It’s the stuff movies are made of!

Town of Manlius historian, Barbara S. Rivette, calls Lee’s book an “amazing feat of research.” She said, it tells the story of those forgotten trail-blazers left out of the history books.

“Ms. Connolly’s research sheds new light on the anti-slavery passions that rocked local churches for more than a decade.”

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Upcoming Speaking Engagements:
SATURDAY, JULY 26 at 2:00PM at the Abolition Hall of Fame in Peterboro, Madison County, NY
(Go to Abolition Hall of Fame, Peterboro website for details; a great place to visit!).


Alethea A. Connolly taught history in New York State high schools, political science in a medium security prison, literacy in southern Louisiana, and wrote for several newspapers in northern New York. For many years, the author was a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. In 1989, she completed God Love Ya, a biography commissioned by the Syracuse Catholic Diocese on the life of Msgr. Charles A. Brady, a beloved Catholic priest who inspired many to work for justice during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and 1970s. From 2007-2013, she was employed as a genealogy coordinator for Project Roots, the history and archive department at CXtec in North Syracuse, established by founder and CEO, William G. Pomeroy.