Black History and Culture

Discover Albany’s Black history, culture, and businesses year-round. Admire murals and public art projects by talented local Black artists and dine at Black-owned restaurants for unforgettable cuisine. Dive into the area’s Black history for stories of resilience and hope, as well as for a deeper understanding about the lives of those that were enslaved. 

Prominent historical figures from Albany’s Black history include Underground Railroad activists Stephen & Harriet Myers, who welcomed freedom seekers to their home on Livingston Ave. Reverend Nathaniel Paul, the first African American minister in Albany, who was the founding pastor of what would become the First African Baptist Church. As well as Sgt. Henry Johnson, who fought heroically in the 369th Infantry Regiment called the Harlem Hellfighters, is one of Albany’s greatest war heroes. 

Start exploring Albany’s Black history and cultural experiences today! 

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Where to Dive into Albany's Black History

Underground Railroad Education Center

Visit one of New York’s most fascinating stops on the Underground Railroad and hear the story of Stephen Myers, who, after gaining... More 

New York State Museum

The New York State Museum in Downtown Albany explores the cultural and natural history of New York State. The Museum features a... More 

Albany Rural Cemetery

Established on October 7, 1844, the Albany Rural Cemetery is one of the most beautiful and historic cemeteries in upstate New... More 

Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site

Schuyler Mansion is the historic home of Revolutionary War General Philip Schuyler and his family. Built between 1761-1765, the... More 

Crailo State Historic Site

Crailo State Historic Site is a museum of Colonial New Netherland history in the upper Hudson Valley. Crailo was built in the... More 

Historic Cherry Hill

Historic Cherry Hill tells a story of America through the lives and experiences of five generations of an Albany, New York... More 

Albany County Historical Association-Ten Broeck Mansion

The Ten Broeck Mansion was built in 1797-98 for General Abraham Ten Broeck and his wife, Elizabeth Van Rensselaer. The home is a... More 


Explore Albany's Black History

Myers Residence Underground Railroad Education Center

New York’s Relation to Juneteenth

Written by Paul Stewart, Independent Researcher and Co-founder Underground Railroad Education Center More

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Women from History with Ties to 4 Historic Sites in Albany

March is Women's History Month! To celebrate, dive into the life and legacy of women who left their More

Henry Johnson in Washington Park

How to Celebrate Black History in Albany This Month & Beyond

February marks Black History Month in the United States. This year, let Black History Month serve as More