New York’s Capital Region was a vibrant center of Underground Railroad activity during the antebellum period. Numerous freedom seekers made their way to the region, some to settle, some to find respite before moving on, knowing that support was available from the many abolitionists, both black and white, who made the region their home.
People of Courage, People of Hope, Seekers of Justice brings to the public the historically documented accounts of both freedom seekers and abolitionists, highlighting the leadership roles occupied by African Americans abolitionists, identifying who they were, what they did, where they engaged in their acitvities as they sought to ensure that the promises of our nation’s Declaration of Independence were available to all.
Paul and Mary Liz Stewart have been researching Underground Railroad history since 1999. Over the years they have uncovered new information about the Underground Railroad movement in the New York Capital Region.
Together they have led more than 100 walking tours of local Underground Railroad locations in Albany and Troy, organized bus tours and published a dozen articles. They have spoken on more than 300 occasions on the topic and they are organizing the 10th annual UGR Public History conference on the subject scheduled for April 2011.