Harriet Myers: He said he won a lot of converts to the abolition cause. Right now he is interviewing at our home a family of freedom seekers from North Carolina.

Dorian: Can we go visit Mr. Myers?

Harriet Myers: Perhaps later, Dorian. He's very busy right now. We're living not far from here - 198 Lumber Street.

Jefford: Did you say 198 Lumber Street?! That's the address on this flyer that got handed to me just after we arrived here at the port.

Dorian: Oh, sorry, Mrs. Myers. I forgot to introduce my friend Jefford, Keeper of the Public Record.

Harriet Myers: How do you do, Jefford?

Jefford: Fine, Ma'am, thank you. But what is this flyer that was given to me? Why does it have your home address on it?

Harriet Myers: It has my home address on it because the Vigilance Committee office is located there.

Jefford: Vigi . . . What?

Dorian: Jeff, we'll get back to that later. Right now we need to talk with Mrs. Myers about Rev. Beulah and his family. Do you know where they are?

Harriet Myers: No, Dorian, I don't. They used to live at 244 Lydius Street.

Rev. James Beuiah, in his later years
Courtesy, Ms. J. Wellman, Pd. D.


Mr. Moses Viney, a freedom seeker from Maryland who traveled through Albany and settled in Schenectady in the 1840's
Courtesy, Mr. L. Hart, Tales Of Schenectady

William Chaplin was an Albany resident who orchestrated the attempted escape in 1848 of 50 freedom seekers on the ship Pearl. The Pearl left a Washington, D.C. port but was forced back to a dock in a southern port because of hazardous weather conditions. All fifty freedom seekers were captured and returned to enslavement. William Chaplin was jailed for five months and then released.