Dorian: I agree, Jeff, it is crazy, because people
are people, and no matter what a person looks
like, everyone should have equal opportunities
to do the best he or she can in life.
Jefford: Hey, Dor, who's that man with the corny do?
Jefford: He's walking up the front steps into the
house we're staring at!
Dorian: That's Mr. Myers! Did you know that he's the
leader of the Underground Railroad movement here
Jefford: What do you mean, man? I only know about
Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass.
Dorian: They had important roles to play, Jeff, in
the Underground Railroad movement of the 19th
century, but they did not work alone. Lots of
people all over the country worked to abolish
slavery and insure that all people in the United
States had the rights promised in the
to the Declaration of Independence.
Jefford: Hey, D?
Jefford: Down the street to the right is that creepy lookin' guy who was hanging around when we were
talking with Mrs. Myers.
Dorian: He's looking for someone. I wonder who?
Mr. Stephen Meyers The
Autobiography of William Henry Johnson
Myers was born a slave in Hoosick - Four Corners in New York
State in 1800. He was rented out to Major Warren in the War
of 1812. He was manumitted at the age of 18 years.
By the time Stephen Myers reached the age of 30 years, he
was busy in Albany, along with his wife Harriet, assisting
freedom seekers who came into Albany seeking their freedom.
Stephen Myers wrote for and published at least five
newspapers during his lifetime. The Northern Star and
Freeman's Advocate was one of those papers. Mr. Myers used
the newspapers as a tool for education, for inspiring
readers to always strive to do better, and as a protest
against the belief that People of Color were unable to
intelligently engage in discourse about the issues of the
Mr. Myers believed in the value of education, and was a
staunch advocate for the civil rights of all citizens of New