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.
Abraham Woodhull was a key operative of the Culper Spy Ring in New York providing crucial information on the British Army to General Washington.
Harriot Eaton Stanton Blatch played a crucial role in expanding the women’s rights movement to working women and achieving full voting rights for women.
Abigail Hopper Gibbons was a social reformer and abolitionist active in New York City. Her father was Isaac T. Hopper, “Father of the Underground Railroad”.
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.
Moses Viney escaped slavery in MD, settled in Schenectady, NY, and became a close associate of Union College president Eliphalet Nott, who bought his freedom.