APRIL, 1856 - 8:00pm
198 Lumber Street, Albany, New York
Jefford: Hey, D, it's getting late. We really need to
find Rev. Beulah.
Dorian: I know, Jeff. I just need to figure out who
might be able to help us.
Jefford: Don't look now, man. but Creepy Dude, the guy
you said is a slave catcher, is walking toward
Creepy Dude: Evenin', boys, have you seen Rev. Beulah?
Jefford: As a matter of fact . . .
Dorian: Why no, sir, not at all. Have you?
Jefford: But, D. . . .
Dorian: Why are you looking for Rev. Beulah, sir?
Creepy Dude: That's no concern of yours, son.
Stephen Myers: Dorian, how nice to see you again. Please
introduce me to your friend.
Dorian: Mr. Myers, am I glad to see you. Mr. Myers,
please meet my friend, Jefford, Keeper of the
Public Record. Jeff, please meet Mr. Myers.
Jefford: Mr. Myers, I am honored. D, I mean Dorian,
has told me a lot about you. Is it true that you
were born a slave?
Stephen Myers: Yes, Jefford, I was. I was freed when I
turned 18 and came here to Albany by the time I
was 30 years old.
Creepy Dude: Nice of you-all to chat so friendly like,
but I need to find Rev. Beulah. Can you help me
Stephen Myers: We cannot, sir. And what did you say your
Creepy Dude: I'll keep that to myself, thank you. Good
Dorian: Boy, Mr. Myers, am I glad you came along!
Jefford: Whew, me too! I almost told Creepy Dude that
we're looking for Rev. Beulah, just like he is!
Stephen Myers: Creepy who?
Jefford: Creepy Dude. It's just a nickname I made up
Stephen Myers: Oh. Thank you for that explanation. As for
Rev. Beulah, well, you'll have a hard time
Jefford: But, Mr. Myers, that's terrible news!
Dorian: Did Rev. Beulah and his family get kidnapped
back into slavery, Mr. Myers?
Stephen Myers: No, Dorian, he and his family did not get
kidnapped. However, as you can see, they are
being pursued by slave catchers. They are still
Dorian & Jefford: Huh?
Stephen Myers: Legally, Rev. Beulah and his family are
Stephen Myers: By law, they stole themselves, hence their
labor, from the person who 'owned' them. Their
'owner' sent bounty hunters to find them. That's
what Creepy Dude is, a bounty hunter. He will
receive a tidy sum if he can find and bring back
to the slave owner Rev. Beulah and his family.
Jefford: Will he find them, Mr. Myers?
Stephen Myers: I don't think so, Jefford. Members of our
Albany Vigilance Committee have worked long and
hard to protect Rev. Beulah and his family.
Dorian: So how can we find them, Mr. Myers?
Jefford: Yeah, Rev. Beulah has the keys.
Stephen Myers: Keys?
Jefford: The keys to solve our mystery.
Stephen Myers: You'll have to walk about 250 miles west of
Albany, boys, to find Rev. Beulah.
Stephen Myers: However, I must tell you boys that Rev.
Beulah did give me a note before he left. I
believe it was addressed to you, Dorian. Why,
yes, it's still in my suit jacket pocket.
Dorian: Thank you, Mr. Myers. I'd like to read it out