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About the Underground Railroad
History Project

Centered at the Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence in Albany, the Underground Railroad History Project invites you to visit and to join us on a mission to promote knowledge and understanding of the Underground Railroad Movement and its genesis and legacy in the Capital Region and in New York State.

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When the Doors Close

Sanctuary. Shelter. Welcome. These concepts have been built into the very walls of the Harriet and Stephen Myers Residence. From the days of meetings of Albany’s Vigilance Committee in the 19th century, the house on Lumber (now Livingston) Street has been a place to connect with the kindness of strangers, to receive a helping hand, and the resources to attain freedom. And now we must close our doors. Not forever, thankfully, but still – it hurts.

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John W. Jones and the Underground Railroad in Elmira, NY

The Underground Railroad network, by its nature, attracted humanitarians of character and integrity. One little-known man who shone among them is John W. Jones, who escaped from slavery near Leesburg, Virginia, and helped more than 800 people to freedom through Elmira, New York.

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The Underground Railroad in the Capital District

Albany was a busy port city throughout the nineteenth century. During its most active Underground Railroad days, the city was occupied by lumber and other businesses at the riverfront and numerous retail establishments along Market Street (our current Broadway), Pearl Street, and corresponding cross streets.

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Major Sponsors

UGRRH Sponsors

Major Sponsors

UGRRHP Sponsors

Underground Railroad Consortium of NYS

Carol Stillman

Albany Public School Teacher’s Association

Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace

Discover Albany

John T. McDonald III, Assembly Member

Mayor Kathy Sheehan

Congressman Paul Tonko

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