As a documented Underground Railroad site, The Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence stands as a testimony to the work of African American abolitionists and their supporters in the fight for equal rights for all Americans as promised in the founding document of this nation. Programs made available at this historic site invite attendees to investigate this history from the perspective of those whose voices have not been included in the traditional retelling of Underground Railroad history, and to examine the relationship of this history with us today.
Season and Hours OpenMonday through Friday 12pm-8pm; Saturday 12pm-4pm year round
Related Sites Or Experiences
Historic Cherry Hill
Ten Broeck Mansion
New York State Museum
Crailo Historic Site
Identify And Describe The Management Organization
Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region, Inc. is incorporated as a non-profit under the Regents of the University of the State of New York. It is governed by a diverse Board of Directors in concert with an Executive Director and a host of volunteers who sustain and contribute to the development of the organization, its programming, and The Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence.
Suggested Further Reading
Bound for Canaan: the Epic Story of the Underground Railroad, America's First Civil Rights Movement, by Fergus Bordewich (2005)
Additional Notes And Comments
The Myers Residence is located at 194 Livingston Avenue, Albany 12210
The Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence was a hub of anti-slavery activism in the Capital Region, receiving those who had escaped enslavement, and hosting Vigilance committee meetings. It was home to Stephen and Harriet Myers and their four children in the mid-1850's. Stephen, along with Harriet, were leaders in the Underground Railroad movement in the Capital Region. in 1844, a renowned abolitionist in New York City proclaimed that, "Stephen Myers has the best run (UGRR) station in all of New York." Born into enslavement, Stephen Myers was well aware of the reality of the institution of slavery. His advocacy on behalf of Freedom Seekers, the abolition of the institution of slavery, equity in housing, voting, jobs, and education, in concert with wife Harriet and their associates, are brought to life through programs offered at this historic site.
The Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence is recognized on the National Register of Historic Places, the National Park Service Network to Freedom, The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, and the NYS Underground Railroad Heritage Trail.