FREEDMEN, FUGITIVES and FRIENDS
Saturday, February 4, 2017 2-4pm
In honor of Black History Month, the Kennett Underground Railroad Center presented a free tour in the historic town of Kennett Square, often referred to as “A Hotbed of Abolitionism”. Guides will lead visitors through the Borough to see the houses and hear the stories of Kennett Square Quakers and African Americans who co-existed peacefully before and after the Civil War. Learn about their places of worship, employment and social activity.
The symposium dealt with African American Communities in Chester County, Pennsylvania, and Neighboring Regions during the Era of Conflict and Resistance, 1800-1865, and Beyond. In the decades before and after the Civil War, the southern portions of Chester County and Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, were home to the significant number of African Americans, including both free and self-emancipated. Directly adjacent to the slave states of Delaware and Maryland, this region included the African American communities of Hinsonville (now Lincoln University), the Christiana area, Timbuckto, and others.
These symposiums are an opportunity to bring together researchers and writers to discuss and share research findings, research questions and puzzles, research methods and their effectiveness, and, potentially, to build collaborations. Stay tuned for details about the Spring 2017 Symposium.