Dorian: We stopped at that address already, but the house seemed to be empty. We desperately need to find them. They have the keys that will help us solve our mystery.

Jefford: Mrs. Myers, who is that scruffy looking man staring at you?

Harriet Myers: Where, Jefford?

Jefford: Over there, by Benjamin Lattimore's Temperance Grocery store.

Harriet Myers: I don't know for sure, Jefford, but I suspect he is a bounty hunter.

Jefford: He looks pretty creepy to me.

Harriet Myers: Yes, he does, I agree, but, . . .

Dorian: Do you want us to chase him off, Mrs. Myers?

Harriet Myers: No, thank you, Dorian. He's being watched right now by members of the Vigilance Committee. They'll make sure he doesn't achieve his goal.


Albany Patriot, an abolitionist newspaper published from #10 Commercial Buildings, Broadway and Hudson in downtown Albany during the 1840's
 


Shackles, above, and collar, below, used to control physical movements of those forcibly enslaved.

While many freedom seekers traveled north seeking freedom, many freedom seekers who lived in the lower southern states would seek their freedom by traveling southwest into Mexico or southeast into the Caribbean.

Southern slave owners were frequently found in the northern free states attending to business, vacationing, or visiting children being educated in northern schools. Because of these economic ties between north and south, many northern residents supported the institution of slavery so that the southern states would remain part of the Union.

If a southern slave owner brought an enslaved person with her into New York State after slavery was abolished in 1827, the slave - slaveholder relationship was legally protected by laws that allowed one person to own another so long as the owner was only in New York State on a temporary basis.