Jefford: So tell me, D, how is our being here going to
help us find Rev. Beulah? We need to find him
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
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
Harriet Jacobs, a freedom seeker from
North Carolina who passed through Albany in the 1840's
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.
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.
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
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.