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The UGGR 9 Bicyclists stopping at The Myers Residence
July 27 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Having left Cambridge, Maryland on July 23rd, nine African American bicyclists will arrive in Albany at the Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence on July 27th at about 1pm. They are following the trail of the Underground Railroad and will stop at the Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence Historic Site as part of their journey. They expect to finish their route at Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada, known to be one of the farthest points of settlement for freedom seeking passengers on the Underground Railroad.
“Our hearts brim with excitement, adoration, and are completely thrilled as we retrace the awe-inspiring footsteps of Harriet Tubman, immersing ourselves in her extraordinary journey towards freedom,” expressed Alex Williams, one of the nine cyclists. “Through our own pilgrimage, we aim to inspire and raise awareness of Harriet Tubman’s profound enduring legacy and emphasize the timeless significant quest of freedom for all humankind.”
Along the fabled UGRR, the nine cyclists have meticulously planned visits to important historical sites and landmarks of profound significance in the lives of freedom seekers and activists with special focus on the life and legacy of Harriet Tubman. With such focus, the cyclists will travel through Denton (MD), Dover, Middletown, and Newark (DE), Kenneth Square, Philadelphia, and Camden (PA), Trenton, Princeton, and Newark (NJ), New York City (including Harlem), Poughkeepsie, Albany, Schenectady, Auburn, Seneca Falls, Syracuse, Rochester, Buffalo, and Niagara Falls (NY).
The Cycling group has dubbed themselves the UGRR Nine. The group is composed of Bobby Dean, Edward Dunn, AJ Haney, John Johnson, Jerry MaCauley, Augusto Macedo, Howard Tyndle, Ray Wall, and Alex Williams. All are experienced cyclists united in their reverence for Harriet Tubman and the fight for freedom worldwide.
The Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence Historic Site was a key stop on the Underground Railroad. Stephen and Harriet Myers are documented as assisting hundreds of freedom seekers as part of their Underground Railroad activism. The Myers Residence, operated by Underground Railroad Education Center, researches and preserves the local and national history of the Underground Railroad movement, its international connections, and its legacy to today’s social justice issues, empowering people of all ages to be agents of change toward an equitable and just society, offering tours of the site.