Underground Railroad Education Center

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What is the URHPCR? It is a non profit organization and its mission is that it celebrates the history of courage and cooperation among our communal ancestors. We do this by reclaiming and sharing the voices of freedom seekers, African American abolitionists and their supporters through public education, research, preservation, and community involvement.
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Our projects include: Tours of the restoration of the Myers Residence Walking Tours in Albany and Troy Workshops on the Underground Railroad Speakers Young Abolitionists Club Young Abolitionists Teen Scholars Institute Annual Public History Conference Web Site Newsletter Restoration of the Myers Residence Researching and telling the story Annual Fourth of July Program Office at Russell Sage College - Gurley Hall

Mission: The Underground Railroad was the movement that enslaved African Americans used to gain freedom in the 19th Century. The Capital Region of New York State was visited by thousands of fugitives seeking freedom in the years prior to the Civil War. URHPCR, Inc. seeks to acknowledge the active underground railroad movement in our region, to raise awareness about and stimulate interest in this little recognized and inspiring part of our history, to understand it in its historic context, to encourage the recognition of local historic figures and the activities in which they engaged, and to preserve that history. Call us at 518-432-4432. Write us at URHPCR - 194 Livingston Avenue, Albany, NY 12210

FREEDOM SEEKER FRIDAY - The Hudson River, both on shore and in the water, was a common pathway for freedom seekers makin...
06/05/2020

FREEDOM SEEKER FRIDAY - The Hudson River, both on shore and in the water, was a common pathway for freedom seekers making their way north from New York City. The advantage of the river was that the ships using it might take a day if they were steam boats though sailing ships had been known to take as little as 17 hours to make it up river. BENJAMIN WILSON passed through New York City on September 1st 1856. Days later he no doubt arrived in Albany and made his way to one of the addresses he had been given, 198 Lumber Street - where Stephen and Harriet Myers provided help and support. #freedomseekerfriday

Underground Railroad Education Center's cover photo
06/03/2020

Underground Railroad Education Center's cover photo

Underground Railroad Education Center's cover photo
06/03/2020

Underground Railroad Education Center's cover photo

Underground Railroad Education Center's cover photo
06/03/2020

Underground Railroad Education Center's cover photo

We welcome our two new volunteers, Lee and Bruce, who worked today to mow the lawns and attend to other tasks around the...
06/02/2020

We welcome our two new volunteers, Lee and Bruce, who worked today to mow the lawns and attend to other tasks around the grounds of the Myers Residence. It's always great to have fresh energy and interest to help advance the many tasks that need to be done. We hope to provide more reports of their work as time progresses!

You might be surprised to learn that Georgia’s Citizen’s Arrest Law - used as a defense for the murder of Ahmaud Arbery ...
06/02/2020

You might be surprised to learn that Georgia’s Citizen’s Arrest Law - used as a defense for the murder of Ahmaud Arbery - is a holdover provision from a Civil War-era law that stated that African Americans were assumed to be enslaved unless they could prove free status and were subject to arrest by any citizen. Then again, maybe you won’t be surprised at all.

MEMORABLE MONDAY - In 2005, after URHP (UREC) had purchased the Myers Residence we accepted an invitation from the Links...
06/01/2020

MEMORABLE MONDAY - In 2005, after URHP (UREC) had purchased the Myers Residence we accepted an invitation from the Links service group to help with our clean up. a good sized group turned out to help us get the back yard under control. Members of the Links are shown here raking and cleaning and getting rocks and sticks out of the way. Many thanks to them for that work and the continued support over the years with grants to help with our Young Abolitionists youth work. #memorablemonday #urhpcr #myersresidence #undergroundrailroad_ec

FREEDOM SEEKER FRIDAY - James Simms came to Albany on the 10th of December 1858. He was referred to Albany from Boston. ...
05/29/2020

FREEDOM SEEKER FRIDAY - James Simms came to Albany on the 10th of December 1858. He was referred to Albany from Boston. He arrived on the same day as two other freedom seekers who had escaped enslavement. Whether they traveled together or separately arrived is not clear. James sought out Stephen Myers at 10 Lark street and received refuge with no doubt food, clothing and shelter. It is most likely he want on to Canada and possibly to Toronto where Stephen Myers had contacts. James sims is one of the many stories of people known from the letters of Stephen Myers that have survived. #freedomseekerfriday

MEMORABLE MONDAY - In 2018 Dr. David Anderson (at left) and the members of the Akwaba Players performed at the Rochester...
05/25/2020

MEMORABLE MONDAY - In 2018 Dr. David Anderson (at left) and the members of the Akwaba Players performed at the Rochester Museum of Science. The Museum has a wonderful Underground Railroad exhibit which tells the story of Frederick Douglass, Austin Stewart and many others who made the Underground Railroad successful in Rochester. Albany's Underground Railroad History Project was present for the performance which took place while Paul and Mary Liz were traveling across New York State.

05/25/2020

We learned from Jan, our Master Garden who leads the charge on our garden beds, that there are no plants for sale from us this year because she was prevented by Cornell Cooperative Extension from working in the St. Ann Institute greenhouse, which is where our plants are raised, due to the coronavirus.

Jan has the following recommendations -
- "call or email the cooperative extension (518 765-3514) with specific questions. At present only the director, Carole Henry is manning the phones as other volunteer are not allowed in the building, nor are we allowed to hold clinics, workshops etc. Once we are back working in the gardens, those interested are welcome to come work with the Master gardeners Wed. AM 9-11. It's the best way to learn.
- There is a lot of material on line at Cornell Cooperative Extension. CCE puts out a ton of info (that's their mission) so Carole can send material if you call or writes with specific questions. It's the best we can do at this time."

If you are interested in working with us to set up some gardening workshops or clinics at The Myers Residence Campus let us know and, when The Myers Residence is able to be opened to the public, we can set them up.

This attractive dish, along with nearly 30 other items, was recently donated to the Myers Residence by John Sherman of D...
05/25/2020

This attractive dish, along with nearly 30 other items, was recently donated to the Myers Residence by John Sherman of Delmar. We are thankful for the housewares especially as they will help us accent what we believe was the lifestyle of the Myers' as they resided at 194 Livingston Avenue.

Honoring our service men and woman who have died for their country but also all the civilians who worked the factories a...
05/25/2020

Honoring our service men and woman who have died for their country but also all the civilians who worked the factories and farms and maintained their homes in support of that service too! Remember them all!

Mary Liz and Paul sorting and cleaning to get ready for the re-opening! Coming soon! Visit the Stephen and Harriet Myers...
05/20/2020

Mary Liz and Paul sorting and cleaning to get ready for the re-opening! Coming soon! Visit the Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence Underground Railroad site. see the place where the Vigilance Committee of the Underground Railroad met and interviewed freedom seekers in their escape to freedom and worked to provide them with food, clothing and shelter!

Some recent photos around the Myers Residence campus! The gardens are so great! Everything looks beautiful! The Stephen ...
05/19/2020

Some recent photos around the Myers Residence campus! The gardens are so great! Everything looks beautiful! The Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence is a building under restoration. It was built and owned by Black boat captain John Johnson and lived in by Stephen and Harriet and their children in the mid-1850s where they used it as an Underground Railroad station. Hundreds passed through or were helped there. A core group of Black Abolition activists made it their headquarters and important meetings were held there. Come visit when we re-open in a few weeks!

If you get to Auburn, NY be sure to visit the home of Harriet Tubman, the great and well known Underground Railroad acti...
05/14/2020

If you get to Auburn, NY be sure to visit the home of Harriet Tubman, the great and well known Underground Railroad activist! The home pictured here is part of the Tubman property complex.

Join in the book conversation of this pioneering work by W.E.B. Du Bois that was the first full-length study of the role...
05/06/2020
Contact - Underground Railroad History

Join in the book conversation of this pioneering work by W.E.B. Du Bois that was the first full-length study of the role Black Americans played in the crucial period after the Civil War, when those enslaved had been freed and the attempt was made to reconstruct American society.

The discussion will be Friday May 8th at 5:30pm. Hailed at the time, Black Reconstruction in America 1860-1880 has justly been called a classic.

Contact them at https://undergroundrailroadhistory.org/contact/

Due to the COVID-19 situation the book discussion will be held via Zoom -
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5209859664

Meeting ID: 520 985 9664

Some past gardening photos showing work in and connected to our garden over the years. We're looking forward to another ...
04/30/2020

Some past gardening photos showing work in and connected to our garden over the years. We're looking forward to another year!

In 1936, local bankers and realtors in Albany drew up a draft redlining map and distributed copies to shoppers at Lodge'...
04/29/2020
Redlining in Albany's Arbor Hill - Underground Railroad Education Center

In 1936, local bankers and realtors in Albany drew up a draft redlining map and distributed copies to shoppers at Lodge's Department Store on N. Pearl Street. They described the area where the Harriet and Stephen Myers Residence is located as, "largely old one-to-three family row houses inhabited by Poles, Irish and, on both Second and Third Streets, by Negroes in the north and part time occupancy by State employees in the south, this section is definitely declining."

Curious about how redlining directly impacted opportunities for African American families to build wealth? Check out our article on the history of this practice in our very own neighborhood.

https://undergroundrailroadhistory.org/redlining-in-albanys-arbor-hill/

A 2016 study by the Urban Institute and Brookings Institution found that the household wealth of a typical white family ($171,000) was ten times that of a typical African American family ($17,150). A major reason for this is the huge gap in homeownership between the two groups.

Mario Salerno at the Myers Residence this past Saturday doing miscellaneous things that need doing. It goes with out say...
04/29/2020

Mario Salerno at the Myers Residence this past Saturday doing miscellaneous things that need doing. It goes with out saying that an historic site needs careful tending. Big parts of that tending wouldn't happen without the continued work of Mario and Phil who come out frequently to attend to the grounds and other aspects of the project.

04/28/2020
Thanking Regeneron

Thanks Regeneron for building a shed for us last October. We are continually thankful!

04/27/2020

We are looking for some people to participate on a voluntary basis in a communications committee for Underground Railroad History Project/Underground Railroad Education Center. The committee has been developing researched articles for our web site blog and other outlets that connect past history and the present around social justice issues. There are lots of other tasks to do involving newspaper announcements, press releases and promotional work. Also social media. A skilled professional is facilitating the committee so there is no need to feel concerned about your skills. Just have an interest and a willingness to do some work. If you are interested let me know through a message with your contact information. I will pass it to the person coordinating the committee.

Mary Liz working form home. Underground Railroad History Project (aka Underground Railroad Education Center) continues t...
04/24/2020

Mary Liz working form home. Underground Railroad History Project (aka Underground Railroad Education Center) continues to function even though the Myers Residence is temporarily closed because of the Covid-19 crisis. Our committees continue to meet through the use of Zoom Conferencing software, key volunteers continue to maintain and monitor the grounds and advance other work that needs to be done. As the crisis recedes we will be getting back to regular operations with groups, speakers and guided tours of the Residence. We continue to have an active presence on Face Book, Twitter and Instagram. Do engage with us by posting your reactions, thoughts and comments in these areas and visiting our web site at undergroundrialroadhistory.org and visiting often!

04/23/2020

Please note that Underground Railroad History Project and Underground Railroad Education Center are the same. We have changed the name we are using publicly. The underlying corporation is the same.

04/22/2020
New Earth Day Slide Show

A brief look at some scenes from around the Stephen and Harriet Myers Campus on Earth Day!

04/22/2020

First video for earthday!

Happy Earth Day Folks! We celebrate the connection of Earth Day with the Underground Railroad story. While Earth Day is ...
04/22/2020

Happy Earth Day Folks! We celebrate the connection of Earth Day with the Underground Railroad story. While Earth Day is a contemporary expression ask yourself how many Underground Railroad stories you know of where the earth did not play an important role. You always have the stories. Enslaved Black field, house and trade workers making their way across the countryside under the night sky or in other ways. Hiding in secretive places of forests, mountains, caves, or in close proximity to farms and live stock. It is an earthy story! It is a story close to the earth! Likewise for our present day at Underground Railroad Education Center where we have several lots that we have made into a park like setting where we hold programs and celebrate the story of the Underground Railroad with plants and the out of doors! Join with us today in a virtual celebration of Earth Day through pictures, videos and information showing the connection of our contemporary work presenting the Underground Railroad, researching its local story, showing the international connections and showing its connection to today in example, justice issues and continued struggles for a better world!

Things are growing! I can feel spring coming alive! #ugrredcenter #myersresidence
04/17/2020

Things are growing! I can feel spring coming alive! #ugrredcenter #myersresidence

Spring is happening at the Myers Residence properties. Come visit the garden and grounds! #ugrredcenter #urhp #garden #m...
04/17/2020

Spring is happening at the Myers Residence properties. Come visit the garden and grounds! #ugrredcenter #urhp #garden #myersresidence

The Myers Residence as seen though my car window while I sit in the driveway. #ugrredcenter #urhpcr #historicsite #nntf
04/17/2020

The Myers Residence as seen though my car window while I sit in the driveway. #ugrredcenter #urhpcr #historicsite #nntf

We applaud the City of Albany's actions to make essential health care more accessible to all during this crisis.
04/15/2020

We applaud the City of Albany's actions to make essential health care more accessible to all during this crisis.

Daniel McCoy - Albany County Executive and County Health Commissioner Dr. Elizabeth Whalen have announced the opening of three walk-up COVID-19 test sites in #Albany’s South End, Arbor Hill, and West End neighborhoods.

Walk-up sites will be available at the following times and locations:

Thursday, April 16: Capital South Campus Center (20 Warren Street) from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Friday, April 17: Whitney Young Health Center (920 Lark Drive) from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Friday, April 17: Bleecker Terrace Apartments (North Manning Boulevard) from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

All sites will be available on a walk-up basis, however an appointment is required. To make an appointment, please call (518) 465-4771. Additional dates and times for each site will be announced by County Executive McCoy's office in the near future.

"It is crucial that we are bringing tests to our entire community, especially given the disproportionate impact COVID-19 is having on our historically underserved communities,” said Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan. “I applaud County Executive Daniel McCoy and County Health Commissioner Dr. Elizabeth Whalen for working with the Whitney M. Young, Jr. Health Center to open these three walk-up testing sites in our South End, Arbor Hill, and West End neighborhoods.”

04/10/2020

Teen participants in our TripleE* joint program with the Albany Rec Dept's Youth Innovation Program are keeping busy and keeping connected with each other and the program through Google Classroom.
We've been talking about how to stay healthy in all ways, and how important it is for everyone, including young people to avoid exposure and possibly spreading the virus.

One of their tasks this week was to create a public service video talking about ways to stay physically active and healthy while keeping safe from contracting Covid19. This is just one of the videos they produced.

We are proud of the leadership they are showing during this crisis!

*TripleE: Enlighten the past, Empower the present, Envision the future

Thank you Leon Walker and Bill Stoneman for helping recompose our raised beds. We will be better able to grow with them!
04/10/2020

Thank you Leon Walker and Bill Stoneman for helping recompose our raised beds. We will be better able to grow with them!

Some jerk between about 4 pm yesterday and 11am today tried to run a four wheeler down the Abram Johnson garden path, lo...
04/09/2020

Some jerk between about 4 pm yesterday and 11am today tried to run a four wheeler down the Abram Johnson garden path, lost control and ran over some of the raised beds! Total idiot! Try to do something nice and look at what some people do!

Social distancing is a privilege. What are some ways you're seeing this pandemic hitting communities of color harder?
04/08/2020

Social distancing is a privilege. What are some ways you're seeing this pandemic hitting communities of color harder?

Underground Railroad Education Center
04/07/2020

Underground Railroad Education Center

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194 Livingston Avenue
Albany, NY
12210

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What is the URHPCR? It is a non profit organization and its mission is that it celebrates the history of courage and cooperation among our communal ancestors. We do this by reclaiming and sharing the voices of freedom seekers, African American abolitionists and their supporters through public education, research, preservation, and community involvement.

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Monday 17:00 - 20:00
Tuesday 17:00 - 20:00
Friday 17:00 - 20:00
Saturday 13:00 - 16:00

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Our projects include: Walking Tours in Albany and Troy Workshops on the Underground Railroad Speakers Young Abolitionists Club Young Abolitionists Teen Scholars Institute Annual Public History Conference Web Site (undergroundrailroadhistory.org) Newsletter Restoration of the Myers Residence Researching and telling the story Annual Fourth of July Program Main office at 194 Livingston avenue in Albany Office at Russell Sage College - Gurley Hall

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Today! Wednesday February 26th on Vox Pop on WAMC Paul and Maryliz will be talking about the project and the Underground Railroad. Tune in at 90.3 in Albany and their other stations around the Northeast!
Learn about the lives of enslaved people in upstate New York through both the lecture "Slavery and Dutch-Palatine Farmers: How did Middle Class Farmers in Colonial New York Interact with Slavery?" and the performance "To Be So Confin'd: Complexities of Slavery in 18th Century NY". This is a not to be missed opportunity for anyone studying upstate New York in the 18th century! https://www.facebook.com/events/538976990304769/
Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the 15th Amendment – Alan Singer on the History News Network
Racist Tropes are NEVER a Joke – Alan Singer on Daily Kos
It’s Difficult Teaching about Slavery Because Racism Continues – Alan Singer on Daily Kos
The 1619 Project Debate with History of Slavery in New York City” - Alan Singer for History News Network
Can Schools Teach Not to Hate? – An Interview with Alan Singer from Hofstra University By Michael F. Shaughnessy
Four Speeches by Dr. King That Can Still Guide Us Today – Alan Singer on History News Network