The Underground Railroad

Tour curated by: Dezire Jones

The Capital Region of New York State was traveled by thousands of fugitives seeking their freedom in the years leading up to the Civil War. Our region became home to anti-slavery activists feverishly organizing newspapers, groups, and safe houses for those fleeing the institution of slavery. The tour will also include the heartbreaking truth of slavery, and the brave souls from upstate New York who fought for the execution of slavery in the American Civil War. On this scenic walking tour you will be awakened to the historical underground railroad movement in our region, as well as the the significant importance of local history leading up to the Civil War, and during the Civil War.

Locations for Tour

The monument was constructed to commemorate the soldiers from the Albany area who served in the Civil War. The largest contribution of soldiers to the Union Army came from New York State. October 5, 1912, the Soldiers and Sailors Monument was…

Richard Allen’s story: Richard Allen, founder and first Bishop of the AME (African Methodist Episcopal) Church founded in 1828, began practicing the Methodist religion because of John Wesley’s religious doctrines that preached equality,…

The Story of Stephen and Harriet Myers: Stephen Myers was born into slavery in the 1800’s outside the Rensselaer County, He is listed in records as being set free at the age of eighteen by General Warren. In 1827 Stephen Myers married Harriet…

On November 17, 1793, a fire burned down a large part of downtown Albany, including offices, stores and 26 homes, causing a huge sum of damage.In the aftermath of the fire, the slave-owners of the city quickly inferred that it had been set by slaves.…

The Three City Halls of Albany: Albany City Hall is where the government of the city of Albany, New York meet. It houses offices such as the mayor, the Common Council chamber, the city and traffic courts, and more city services. The current building…