Double ambrotype portrait of Albro Lyons, Sr. and Mary Joseph Lyons

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NYPL ID number: 104936
Nineteenth Century Collections--Ambrotype Collection

Date:

circa 1860

Rights:

Photographs and Prints Division, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations
Mary Joseph was the sister of my great-great-grandmother Rebecca Marshall. She married Albro Lyons in 1840, the same year that Rebecca and Peter Guignon got married. Albro ran a Colored Sailors' Home with William Powell on Pearl Street. He later set up hiw own establishment in his home on Vandewater Street. He was a political activist and the Lyons home was a stop on the Underground Railroad. One of their daughters, Maritcha, wrote a memoir which provides many fascinating details of her parents' life. It is preserved in the Harry A. Williamson papers at the Schomburg Center.

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“Double ambrotype portrait of Albro Lyons, Sr. and Mary Joseph Lyons,” Black Gotham Archive, accessed June 22, 2018, https://archive.blackgothamarchive.org/items/show/19.