This week on CenterStage, activist Margaret Downey shares her experiences presenting west-central New York’s Freethought Trail to audiences in far-distant parts of the country.
On August 16th and 17th, 2014, the Center for Inquiry presented a conference entitled “Robert Green Ingersoll and the Reform Imperative” at its headquarters in Amherst, New York. This event celebrated Ingersoll, perhaps the best-known unbeliever of America’s Gilded Age. Ingersoll was born in 1833 in Dresden, a village in New York’s Finger Lakes district. The conference placed Ingersoll in context with other freethinking reformers with roots in west-central New York State, such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Frederick Douglass, and Matilda Joslyn Gage.
This week, Margaret Downey presents “Taking the Freethought Trail on the Road.”
Margaret Downey founded the Freethought Society, the Anti-Discrimination Support Network, and the Thomas Paine Memorial Committee, and has held numerous posts at atheist, humanist, and freethought organizations. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Robert Green Ingersoll Birthplace Museum.