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?

Dorian: Where?

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 in Albany?

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 Preamble to the Declaration of Independence.

Jefford: Hey, D?

Dorian: Huh?

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

Stephen 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 period.

Mr. Myers believed in the value of education, and was a staunch advocate for the civil rights of all citizens of New York State.