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,
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The Albany Female Anti-Slavery
Society - Third Annual Report
seekers were people who were enslaved and chose to flee
their enslavement in search of freedom.
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.
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.
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.