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
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
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
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.