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Artifacts and identity impact history

Guest speaker Corey McQuinn, archaeologist, will speak on “Searching for Race and Identity in Archeology” at a program July 4 from 11 a.m. to noon at the Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence, 194 Livingston Ave., Albany.
Lunch, conversation, and live music will follow from noon to 1 p.m. Lunch is sponsored by the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU), Capital District Chapter.

Event organizer is Mary Liz Stewart, 518-432-4432. Visit http://www.undergroundrailroadhistory.org/.

Volunters are needed to work on the Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence, an outstanding artifact of the Anti-slavery and Underground Railroad period. As is known, Stephen and Harriet Myers were the point people in Albany regarding the Underground Railroad in the 1850s. While they lived at a variety of buildings in Arbor Hill in the 1850’s, this is the only one that still stands and historic records document that this house was a headquarters for Underground Railroad activity in the mid 1850s.

The building has suffered from serious neglect in recent years but Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region was able to purchase it in 2004. Since that time, scores of volunteers have participated in work parties to bring the house back to what it was in the 1850s and make this location a historic site where the community can come to to learn about the inspiring story of the Underground Railroad. Internal restoration is under way. If you want to help with this work of restoration, contact Underground Railroad History Project.

Gloria Mazure

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