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Virginia’s waterways were paths to freedom for escaped slaves

South-central Pennsylvania, including York and Adams counties, were often the first place that escaped slaves from Maryland and Virginia headed in their quest for freedom. Several books, including those by Cooper Wingert and David G. Smith, cover the topic across … Continue reading

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Former Hollywood actor pens booklet on the African slave trade

Felton Perry is known to movie buffs for his appearances in all three RoboCop movies as well as the popular Clint Eastwood movie Magnum Force. Returning to his studies in the 2000s, he picked up his master’s degree in Spanish … Continue reading

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Ex-slave of Confederate officer died in Hanover in 1910

In the years following the Civil War, hundreds of former Southern slaves seeking a fresh start settled in the Susquehanna Valley. Among them was George Keyes, a Virginia-born slave who was present at the 1861  battle of Ball’s Bluff near … Continue reading

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New book tells how Lincoln re-shaped America in 1862

Abraham Lincoln took office in 1861 during troubling times. The South had seceded, fired on Fort Sumter, reacted angrily to his raising of troops to put down the rebellion, and prepared for war. Four more states left the Union, blood … Continue reading

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Baltimore sued Northern Central Railway for selling ticket to runaway slave: Part 2

A previous post explored a controversial May 1855 situation in Hanover, Pennsylvania, when a railroad ticket agent sold a ticket to a young black man, despite protests from white onlookers that the man and his two companions in reality were … Continue reading

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Baltimore sued Northern Central Railway for selling ticket to runaway slave: Part 1

The laws of Maryland prohibited aiding or assisting a runaway slave in any manner. The Federal Fugitive Slave law reinforced these regulations, and being caught helping a fugitive became a serious offense which could lead to prison and/or fines. The … Continue reading

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Shrewsbury black man was conductor on Underground Railroad

Amanda Berry Smith was perhaps the leading black female evangelist of the 19th century. Noted for her fiery passion for the Christian cause and for her compassion toward the downtrodden, Smith worked tirelessly as a missionary to India and Africa, … Continue reading

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