Secret Lives of the Underground Railroad in New York City
Sydney Howard Gay, Louis Napoleon and the Record of Fugitives
About the Book
During the fourteen years Sydney Howard Gay edited the American Anti-Slavery Society’s National Anti-Slavery Standard in New York City, he worked with some of the most important Underground agents in the eastern United States, including Thomas Garrett, William Still and James Miller McKim. Gay’s closest associate was Louis Napoleon, a free black man who played a major role in the James Kirk and Lemmon cases. For more than two years, Gay kept a record of the fugitives he and Napoleon aided. These never before published records are annotated in this book.
Revealing how Gay was drawn into the bitter division between Frederick Douglass and William Lloyd Garrison, the work exposes the private opinions that divided abolitionists. It describes the network of black and white men and women who were vital links in the extensive Underground Railroad, conclusively confirming a daily reality.
About the Author(s)
Don Papson was awarded the 2012 Underground Railroad Free Press Prize in Leadership for co-founding the North Country Underground Railroad Historical Association and establishing the North Star Underground Railroad Museum. He lives in Plattsburgh, New York, and blogs at www.secretlivesoftheundergroundrailroadinnyc.com.
Tom Calarco is a professional writer whose antislavery research is widely recognized. He was awarded the 2008 Underground Railroad Free Press Prize for advancing the knowledge and study of the Underground Railroad. He lives in Ohio.
Don Papson and Tom Calarco
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: 55 photos, 3 maps, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2015
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Foreword by A.J. Williams-Myers 1
1—Sydney Howard Gay and the Cause 13
2—Friends of Freedom 31
3—A Slave Hunt in the Shadow of City Hall 43
4—Louis Napoleon’s Early Life 51
5—More Fugitives and Challenges 55
8—The Case That Made Louis Napoleon Famous 83
9—Alliances and Misalliances 89
Annotated Record of Fugitives, 1855– and Later Years
10—Introduction to the Record 104
11—Gay’s Underground Railroad Networks 105
14—Addendum to the Record 197
15—And Still They Come 206
16—Civil War Years 217
17—After the Civil War 228
I. Fugitives Passing through Philadelphia 242
II. Fugitives Sent to Albany 246
III. Fugitives Sent to Syracuse 248
IV. Fugitives Passing through Harrisburg 252
V. Fugitives Sent to Boston and New Bedford 252
VI. Fugitives Traveling by Sea 254
VII. Key to New York City Underground Railroad Map 254
Chapter Notes 257
Book Reviews & Awards
“Don Papson and Tom Calarco have opened for us a treasure trove, a first hand, first person, first rate exploration of the Underground Railroad in operation”—North Country Underground Railroad Historical Association; “This book is a must-have for researchers, genealogists, students, teachers, and general readers interested in this dramatic period in our nation’s history!”—Kate Larson, Bound For the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero.