The Northern Star and Freemen’s Advocate

The Northern Star and Freeman’s Advocate

In the early 1840s Stephen Myers published a newspaper from Albany. While many people have heard of Frederick Douglass’ publishing efforts not many are familiar with the fact that abolitionist newspapers were published out of Albany at various times.

Stephen Myers published this newspaper to provide a vehicle for the local free Black community for social and economic betterment and to advocate for the rights of Black citizens. It naturally also attacked the institution of slavery.

The publishing organization, the Northern Star Association, had representatives in Boston and many cities around our region. The association, with its office on Green Street, was also a focal point for providing comfort and support to the hundreds of refugees from slavery that were coming to Albany every year. Myers notes one year helping more than 300 persons who came through Albany on their way to Canada or other points.

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