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 into Albany.

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 is ending.

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


Laws 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 years.

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 seekers

1863 - the Emancipation Proclamation ended slavery in states that were in rebellion against the Union

1865 - the 13th Amendment abolished slavery in the USA