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Schuyler Mansion to dramatize 1793 fire, slave hangings for arson

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At first glance, the story of the Albany Fire of 1793 looks as if it might have had a happy ending. When three black slaves, a man and two women, were tried for arson, convicted and sentenced to hang, the citizens of Albany rose up and stopped the execution. Unfortunately, the reprieve lasted only a few weeks and the hangings — arson was a capital offense in those days — were carried out. “The Accused: ...

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