“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
Our nation was founded on the principle of sanctuary. It has been reiterated by our embrace of the Statue of Liberty and the engraved poem on an adjacent plaque. Yet, seekers and providers of sanctuary have been feared and demonized across time, from the Underground Railroad period forward into the present.
Join in a commemoration of the commitment, bravery and tenacity of our past and present sanctuary seekers and providers at this opening and reception.
Celebrate the work of our Young Abolitionist Teen Scholars’ Institute teens who, working under the guidance of professional artist Oliver Peters, grew into a transformative understanding of the concept of sanctuary and the meaning of the various components of the exhibit.
Special guests include Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Honorable Sam Fein, professional artist Oliver Peters, Eyad Alkurabi, whose family were sanctuary seekers, Timothy Doherty, director of Welcome Refugee, and Nadir Badowie from Egypt.
Albany is a Sanctuary City. County Legislator Fein is working to have Albany County become a Sanctuary County. Professional artist Oliver Peters will share remarks about the development and implementation of this exhibit. Eyad Alkurabi, Tim Doherty, and Nadier Badowie will share relevant remarks as part of the evening program.
Community conversations facilitated by seekers and providers of sanctuary will be hosted by Underground Railroad History Project at The Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence, a place of sanctuary, throughout 2019.