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Freedom & Dignity | Underground Railroad

Human rights and social reform have been long part of the historic fabric of the Capital Region. The area has been an active participant in the labor, women's rights and abolition movements.

Stephen Myers was born a slave in 1800 near Hoosick New York. At age 18 he was freed. An educated man, he became a journalist and the publisher of a series of abolitionist newspapers. 

He was married to Harriet Johnson. Their home in Albany was one of the areas key stops on the Underground Railroad. It was a place where the newly emancipated found respite and like minded individuals gathered.

Stephen and Harriet Meyers residence in Albany still stands today and is a place of ongoing preservation community building and education.

It is a testament to the real moments, real life and  real stories on New York's Path Through History.

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