APRIL, 1856 - 12:00 noon
Albany, New York

Jefford: Listen, Dor . . .

Dorian: Do you mind! I am not a door!

Jefford: Sorry! Don't be so touchy. Why do we need to hang around this noisy, smelly port? Man, I need nose plugs!

Dorian: Never mind your nose, J. Follow me, and stay close, I don't want to get separated from you.

Jefford: Now where . . .

Dorian: Look, there's Mrs. Harriet Myers! She's Stephen Myers wife. They are the leading abolitionists in Albany. Let's go say hello. Maybe she has seen Rev. Beulah and his family.

Jefford: Oh, fine. Let's go.

Dorian: Mrs. Myers, what a pleasure to see you again!

Harriet Myers: Dorian, how nice to see you too.

Dorian: Fundraising again, Mrs. Myers?

Harriet Myers: Yes, Dorian. The need for funds is constant. We have so many freedom seekers coming into Albany who need our assistance.

Dorian: I hope Mr. Myers is well.

Harriet Myers: Why, yes, Dorian, Mr. Myers is doing fine, but busy, as always. He recently returned from a speaking engagement in Lee, Massachusetts.


Albany Basin, the Port of Albany - 19th century
 


The Albany Female Anti-Slavery Society - Third Annual Report

Freedom seekers were people who were enslaved and chose to flee their enslavement in search of freedom.

Those who were enslaved frequently protested their enslavement through such strategies as working slowly, pretending to misunderstand directions, intentionally damaging property, stealing, and learning to read and write.

Slavery existed in New York State until it was legally abolished in 1827. New York was one of the last of the northern ‘free' states to abolish the institution of slavery within its borders. New York was the largest slave holding state of the northern ‘free' states.

Because of the existence of a 1793 and an 1850 Federal Fugitive Slave Law, both Freedom Seekers and Free People of Color were at risk for being kidnapped and sold into slavery, even after slavery was abolished in New York.