UGR History Key People In Local UGR History: Overview of people involved in the UGR. Stephen Myers – Black Abolitionist leading figure of the local UGR. William Henry Johnson – Black Abolitionist organizer. Henry Highland Garnet – Black minister, UGR leader. The Motts: Lydia and Abigail – White Quaker activists. Abel Brown – Baptist Minister, prominent white abolitionist, UGR leader. Important Local Stories: John Brown – Abolitionist, regional and national UGR figure. Solomon Northup – Washington county and Saratoga county resident. Charles Nalle – Local notable story and figure. Other Prominent Figures: Harriet Tubman – The best known figure in UGR history. The role of the Quaker Community – Many key activists and communities had quaker ties. Key Institutions and Instruments: The Northern Star and Freemen’s Advocate newspaper by Stephen Myers. Tocsin of Liberty Newspaper, and Albany Patriot Newspaper – publications by Abel Brown. The local vigilance committee – Abolitionist committee to protect fugitive slaves. Quakers, Baptists, Black Churches and other religious groups – critical links in the UGR chain. Houses and Locations: Possible Slave Pen In Troy Underground Railroad Sites In The City Of Albany Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence – A Nationally recognized Underground Railroad site. Israel AME Church – Local Black church gathering point for activity. Fox Mansion – Sand Lake.