Pennsylvania and the Underground Railroad: Chautauqua Workshop, (April 20)

Join the Commonwealth Monument Project this coming Saturday for the next Chautauqua Workshop (on previous workshops, see this post).

WHO: IIPT-TFEC Harrisburg Peace Promenade: The Commonwealth
Monument Project

WHAT: CHAUTAUQUA: Pennsylvania and the Underground Railroad: The Road to Harrisburg: a “Live and Learn” workshop

WHEN: Saturday, April 20, 2019 Noon-2 p

WHERE: McCormick Public Library, Front and Walnut Streets, Harrisburg PA

WHY: This is the fourth in a series of 12 programs designed to engage locals, visitors and Sojourners in the history and chronology of events leading to Pennsylvania’s role in the passage of the 15th and 19th amendments.

The series also explores the rise and demise of Harrisburg’s historic Old 8th Ward. The primarily African American community served as host for an impressive array of orators, Abolitionists, and Advocates for the passage of the two amendments.

A primary focus of program four focuses on Harrisburg’s role in the “quest for freedom after the passage of the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 and it’s position and relationship to other sites in Central PA along the underground railroad. Finally, the series serves as a beacon for descendants of the Old 8th Ward to gather and reclaim their legacy in the pathway to progress.

The program will include presentations by historian Darlene Colon, Diane Miller of the National Park Service, Cooper Wingert of Dickinson College, David Carmichael of the State Archives, Rev. A.J. Briely and Ms. Marion Braxton of 2nd Baptist Church, and the Digital Harrisburg and Center for Public Humanities Team from Messiah College.

A full flyer is available here:

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