Liz Myers. Rabineau, Albany, NY. CDV. Album 2. Page 20.
Liz or Lizzy Myers was the youngest child of Harriet and Stephen Myers of Albany. Stephen Myers is the best remembered of the city’s black anti-slavery activists. Stephen was a former slave who chaired the city’s Vigilance Committee which positions Myers and his wife to assist fugitive slaves over more than 30 years. Myers also published The Elevator, The Northern Star and Freemen’s Advocate, and the Tocsin newspapers.
The ties between Liz Myers and Arabella Chapman were multifold. Lizzy, as she was called, was a schoolmate to Arabella’s sister Alfarata they socialized in the same circles as young women. It is likely that Arabella and Lizzy also knew one another by way of family ties. Both their fathers were waiters in Albany’s premiere Delavan Hotel in the years after the Civil War.
The Myers home on Albany’s Livingston Avenue is on the National Register of Historic Places. And Stephen Myers work with the underground railroad was most recently featured in Eric Foner’s Gateway to Freedom.