Jefford: So, Dor, do you think that creepy lookin' guy
we saw earlier today is a slave catcher?
Dorian: Without a doubt. Many slave catchers come
Jefford: They don't stand a chance, though, because
we've got Mr. Myers, Dr. Elkins, and the rest of
the Vigilance Committee to protect them.
Dorian: That's what we hope for, Jeff, but there are
people who live in Albany who support the
institution of slavery, and they are very
willing to help slave catchers.
Jefford: Let's go back inside, D. I think the meeting
Stephen Myers: Let us close our meeting
this evening with verses 1 and 5 of 'My
Country', To the tune of 'America'.
ALL: My country, 'tis for thee, Dark land of
slavery, For thee I weep; Land where the slave
has sighed, And where he toiled and died, To
serve a tyrants pride, For thee I weep.
Our Fathers' God! To thee, Author of liberty, To
thee we pray; Soon may our land be pure, Let
freedom's light endure, And liberty to all
secure, Beneath thy sway.
The Liberty Bell, appropriated by
abolitionists as a symbol of freedom
Logo for the American Anti-Slavery
Society, which was formed in 1833 in Boston, Massachusetts
Relating to Slavery in NYS
1793 - the first Federal Fugitive Slave Law provided for the
recapture of freedom seekers and imposed a $500 fine on
those who assisted freedom seekers
1799 - slavery was gradually abolished in NYS according to
the following schedule: all female slaves born after July 4,
1799 would be freed at the age of 25 years; all male slaves
born after July 4, 1799 would be freed at the age of 28
1817 - all slaves in NYS were to be freed as of July 4, 1827
1827 - slavery was outlawed in NYS
1850 - the second Federal Fugitive Slave Law provided for
the recapture of freedom seekers and imposed a $1,000 fine
and 6 month jail sentence on those who assisted freedom
1863 - the Emancipation Proclamation ended slavery in states
that were in rebellion against the Union
1865 - the 13th Amendment abolished slavery in the USA