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Underground Railroad Lecture Series

November 12, 2019 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

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One event on October 15, 2019 at 6:30 pm

One event on November 12, 2019 at 6:30 pm

The Underground Railroad was a system developed before the Civil War to guide slaves to freedom. Although it seems simple the system was expansive, highly secretive, and dangerous to participants and assistants. Pennsylvania had a unique position along the Mason-Dixon Line. It was a free state with a large free, African American population and strong abolitionist fervor. The Network to Freedom is a National Park Service program that recognized sites important on the Underground Railroad. Along the Susquehanna, the historic bridge piers and canal ruins are recognized as an important conduit on the Network to Freedom.

Join us for three lectures to better understand the Underground Railroad network that worked in the Susquehanna National Heritage Area of York & Lancaster Counties. Lecture description and speaker information is below. Doors open at 6:00 PM. Light refreshments will be served.

Tickets Available: $10 per lecture or $25 for the series.

Lecture Descriptions:

9.24.19 | 6:30 PM – Scott Mingus, Sr. – Slavery & the Underground Railroad in York County

Come join author Scott Mingus as he discusses the events that led to the origins of the Underground Railroad in York County. He will focus on the growth of abolitionism in the county and resistance to it, as well as discussing leading conductors in the free black community, the Society of Friends (Quakers), Scots-Irish, and German-Swiss population. This is based on his popular book The Ground Swallowed Them Up: Slavery and the Underground Railroad in York County, Pennsylvania. Books will be available for purchase and autographs.

10.15.19 | 6:30 PM – Daniel Ness – Wade in the Water: Underground Railroad Crossings along the Susquehanna

Join us to learn about the persons and places near the Susquehanna River in York County who helped fugitive slaves on the route to freedom. We will explore where, how, and when they crossed the river. This lecture is presented by Daniel Ness who leads Underground Railroad tours in Lancaster County and with the African American Historical Society of South Central Pennsylvania.

11.12.19 | 6:30 PM – Dr. Leroy Hopkins – Marching to Zion: African Americans in Lancaster County and the Anti-Slavery Campaign.

Dr. Leroy Hopkins will share the rich history of the Underground Railroad in Lancaster County while highlighting the better known and lesser known African Americans who played a vital role in the struggle to end slavery. Dr. Leroy Hopkins is a Professor Emeritus of German from Millersville University where he taught from 1979-2015. He has written and published articles on local African American history.


November 12, 2019
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Columbia Crossing River Trails Center
41 Walnut Street
Columbia, PA 17512 United States


Susquehanna Heritage