ALBANY (AP) - An Underground Railroad history group has received a $350,000 grant to help its ongoing restoration of an Albany home that harbored fugitive slaves in the mid-19th century.
Paul Stewart, co-founder of the Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region, told the Times Union of Albany that the grant from the state Environmental Protection Fund came through in March. So far, the group has raised $600,000 to restore the former home of Stephen Myers, a freed slave who was a leader in Albany's abolitionist movement before the Civil War.
The group says the home was owned by one of Albany's lumber boat captains, who were known to help fugitive slaves make their way north.
The Underground Railroad History Project is holding its 10th annual conference beginning Friday at Russell Sage College in nearby Troy.
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