APRIL, 1856 - 6:00pm
198 Lumber Street, Albany, New York

Stephen Myers: This meeting of the Albany Vigilance Committee is called to order. Let us begin with a rousing verse of 'I Am An Abolitionist', sung to the tune of 'Auld Lang Syne'.

ALL: I am an abolitionist! No threats shall awe my soul, No perils cause me to desist, No bribes my acts control; A freeman will I live and die, In sunshine and in shade, And raise my voice for liberty, of nought on earth afraid.

Stephen Myers: Sung with such passion! On to the business of the meeting. Mr. Wright, would you please report on our current financial situation

Mr. Wright: Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I am pleased to report that over the last month, we handled forty-five pieces of merchandise at a cost of $39.47. Just today the Ladies Bazaar, coordinated by Mrs. Myers, raised $14.50. Newspaper subscriptions have contributed $4 to our cause. As a matter of interest, . . .

Jefford: Yo, D, can we go outside? It's awfully hot in here.

Dorian: Yeah, sure, Jeff.

Henry Highland Garnet, African-American abolitionist who lived in Troy, New York


William Henry Johnson, an African-American abolitionist who came to Albany to work with Stephen Meyers

Mr. Leonard was not an abolitionist when he moved to Albany to set up his business. However, after listening to the abolitionists in Albany, he decided he would join the Underground Railroad movement. Mr. Leonard closed his store in Albany, packed up his belongings, and moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Mr. Leonard opened a store in Chattanooga and hung maps on the walls of his store. When slaves were sent to his store to transact business, Mr. Leonard would talk with them about the geographic information on the maps. This information could be used by those who were enslaved to escape their enslavement and find their way to freedom.