Jefford: So tell me, D, how is our being here going to help us find Rev. Beulah? We need to find him mighty quickly!

Dorian: Rev. Beulah and his family are freedom seekers, Jeff. They made their way from the south, for weeks traveling through swamps and woods. They finally arrived here in Albany. Mr. Myers and Dr. Elkins, or any other member of the Vigilance Committee, could have interviewed them.

Jefford: Interviewed!! Why?

Dorian: Yes, interviewed. Some people pretend to be freedom seekers but they are really looking for a free handout from abolitionists who don't have much themselves. Some people pretend to be freedom seekers and they're really working as spies to help slave catchers capture people and sell them back into slavery.

Jefford: People of Color working as spies to kidnap other People of Color? ! I don't believe it! How could they do such a thing?

Dorian: Because they're slaves, too, and they're just trying to protect themselves and their families.

Jefford: I'd never do that, man. That's horrible!

Dorian: I agree, it is horrible, but don't say never until you walk in some else's shoes.

The Northern Star and Freeman's Advocate, December, 1842 - a portion of an article written by Stephen Meyers


Harriet Jacobs, a freedom seeker from North Carolina who passed through Albany in the 1840's

Levi, a fugitive from Mrs. Margaret A. Culver, had a bounty of $100 placed on him. He was sought by slave hunters right into Albany. He fled north and found refuge in Canada.

Mr. Jo Norton traveled from the south to Albany, but upon hearing that many others who escaped from his area had be captured, he traveled on to Western New York where he worked to raise money to buy the freedom of his wife and child.

Mr. Moses Roper escaped from slavery in Savannah, Georgia. He traveled six days as a steward on the ship Fox and arrived in New York City. He continued by boat to Poughkeepsie and then by land to Albany. He later traveled to England to assure his freedom.

Elizabeth Castle, a dressmaker, along with Polly, Marianna, and Marianna's daughter, were fugitives from Baltimore, Maryland. They sought relief and assistance in Albany but, being pursued by slave catchers, they were forced to go on to Canada where they could live a life of freedom.