Isaac T. Hopper (1771-1852) was a pioneer abolitionist and social reformer. He is sometimes considered to be the “Father of the Underground Railroad”.
Beriah Green (1795-1874) was the president of New York’s hotbed of abolitionism, the Oneida Institute, and envisioned a truly egalitarian interracial society.
David Ruggles was New York’s most radical, infamous, and hated black abolitionist, and the chief operative of the New York Committee of Vigilance.
Gerrit Smith was a wealthy radical abolitionist and social reformer from NY. He donated millions to social causes and helped hundreds of slaves.
New York City was the epicenter of the illegal transatlantic slave trade and the site of the first and last execution of a slave trader in the US.
Austin Steward was a former slave, abolitionist and businessman in Rochester, NY. He wrote the slave narrative “22 Years a Slave, and 40 years a Freeman”.
Henry Highland Garnet was a radical New York abolitionist. 1843 he called for slaves to rise up. 1865 he spoke as first black man in the US Capitol.
Jermain Wesley Loguen (1813-1872), a fugitive slave from Tennesse was one of the nation’s most active agents of the Underground Railroad in Syracuse. NY.
Charles De Berard Mills was an abolitionist from New York and part of the anti-slavery movement and Underground Railroad network in Syracuse.
Ann Carroll Fitzhugh Smith was a NY abolitionist, who with her husband, Gerrit Smith, helped hundreds of slaves by buying them free or assisting fugitives.