Albany, NY: Protests and Riots

Tour curated by: The Albany Walks for Health Team

Being the capitol of New York State, Albany is a very common place to find protests. However, people coming together from all over the state, to the capitol (as they do now) seems to be a very new event. In this tour, we follow two protests from the 1950s, two from the 2000s, and one advertisement from the 1920s for “riot insurance.” While taking the tour, I encourage you to consider the differences between these protests.

Locations for Tour

Our tour begins at the old site of St. Vincent Institute, a Catholic School on Morris Ave (between South Main and Partridge St) in Albany. In 1951, the girls at St. Vincent chose to protest racy outfits, specifically off the shoulder dresses…

My second source brings us to Washington Park. Also during the 1950’s (1957 to be specific), a free concert was held; however, the teenaged girls at the concert did not care for the music because it was too slow. They protested by throwing rocks…

Next, we proceed to the State Capitol where protests were happening against the Iraq war (in 2005). According to the History Channel, President George W. Bush declared war in March of 2003 to stop the threat against the United States. The main…

After, the tour travels a few blocks to the Times Union Center. On June 8, 2013, parents, teachers, and students gathered in favor of NYSUT at a protest called “One Voice United.” They protested common core testing and data-collection in…

Following, we follow an advertisement, from 1921, urging people to get riot coverage. The question still remains, why? Many things were going on in the United States during this time which could have caused aggravation. First off, there was lots…