Some of the youth from the URHPCR Young Abolitionists participated in the Civil War Encampment at Schuler Flatts this weekend. We also had a table at the event where we passed out lots of literature about the Underground Railroad and our organization. Our approach to the UGRR stresses documentation, local people, and African American abolitonists, which is different from what most others do. The young people joined in with the other re-enactors. We have been developing a unit re-enacting the 26th USCT Infantry. Our youths joined in with the NY 125th Infantry volunteers for this weekend.
Bring Your Students to The Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence
A transformative and inspiring place to engage with the real story of the Underground Railroad movement and its relevance for today. Funding to support bus transportation and admission costs is available through Ticket to Ride, a program of The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. For a one hour experience, students are $5 each, with one free adult for every 10 students. Additional adults are $10 each.
Young Abolitionist Leadership Institute
This interdisciplinary learning experience creates a hands-on introduction to careers in a variety of fields, including but not limited to history, the arts, museum education, preservation, archaeology, photography, and horticulture. Through research and project based activities, students learn about the inspiring work of local abolitionists as they collaborate in the creation of professional public presentations showcasing what they have learned at The Leadership Institute. This innovative summer institute is an opportunity for teens to not simply learn about, but to re-create, a ‘sense’ for the past and its relevance today while becoming agents of change for a more equitable and just society.
YALI Summer 2023 Documentary Trailer
This video showcases some of the work the teens who made up the Creativity in the Arts group during Underground Railroad Education Center’s (UREC) 2023 Young Abolitionist Leadership Institute Summer Program. The group learned interviewing and camera techniques as they worked to tell the story of UREC through an upcoming documentary. Look out for it in 2024!
As Juneteenth approaches, communities across the country are coming together to celebrate the end of legalized slavery and honor the resilience and courage of African Americans in the fight for freedom. From parades and concerts to speeches and spoken word performances, Juneteenth is a time to celebrate African-American culture, history and achievements.
At the Underground Railroad Education Center in Albany, Marcus Anderson is leading the charge to teach young people about the past and present, so they don’t repeat it in the future. Anderson, the deputy director of the center, has made it his mission to teach the youth of today the history of the past and the present.
“We need to look back and both celebrate and recognize the solemn past that is affecting our present right now in order to build a brighter future,” Anderson said.
The Juneteenth celebration was held at the Underground Railroad Education Center, a sacred site that was once home to Black abolition. In order to learn more about the Underground Railroad Education Center, you can visit their website.
What To Do with Phil? – A 2022 Report from the Young Abolitionist Leadership Institute
Prepared for inclusion in the records of the City of Albany as disposition of the Philip Schuyler statue is determined
Following the drafting of an investigative action plan, the consideration of a variety of questions
related to statues and heroes, the investigation of the historic circumstances surrounding the selection, design and installation of the Philip Schuyler statue on a small roundabout in front of Albany City Hall,
the review of what other communities around the United States were doing with their statues, collection of feedback from the community, the Young Abolitionist Leadership Institute teens focusing on this matter agreed that the Philip Schuyler statue should be removed from its present location at the intersection of Eagle St. and Washington Avenue in Albany, New York and moved to a more appropriate location, with suggestions of relocation noted further on in this report, with the inclusion of a more comprehensive explanation of Philip Schuyler that includes information about his heroic deeds but also includes information about his life circumstances that provided him the opportunities to achieve what he achieved.
The question about what to do with Phil is not just about the Philip Schuyler statue. It is a question about how does New York State, and in turn its capital city, admit to its less than savory past, own up to its investment in the institution of enslavement, and work diligently to confront and change the contemporary impact of the legacy of the institution of enslavement.
Video: Young Abolitionist Leadership Institute (YALI) Summer 2022
A mini documentary of our summer program. Photos and video shot and directed by program participant, Jaidyn R.