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

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


circa 1860


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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