Category Archives: Black history

A wide-angle look at the mile-wide Susquehanna River

It’s that time of year – a chance for everyone to see the best pictures from the cameras of York, Pa., Daily Record photographers in the preceding 12 months. Here is Paul Kuehnel’s – a wide-angle look at the Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge, also known as Veterans Memorial Bridge. He captures the bridge kind of slicing through the wide Susquehanna River.

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A moment to honor two York, Pa., heroes: ‘There’s that Voni and Lorrayne Grimes’

Voni B. and Lorrayne Grimes were honored at a recent event at their York, Pa., church, Small A.M.E. Zion Church. ‘Let God tell you what he’s going to do in your life,’ Voni Grimes told the large gathering. ‘But most importantly, don’t speak with your mouth. Speak with your heart.’

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Voni and Lorrayne Grimes to be in spotlight of ‘musical extravaganza’

This is vintage Voni B. Grimes, talking to residents in a York, Pa., city neighborhood several years ago as the rain falls. Grimes and his wife, Lorrayne, will be honored for such civic involvement at gathering on Nov. 30 at Small A.M.E. Church in York.

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Adding York County sites to Underground Railroad list would help show ‘This place matters’

The National Park Service’s Underground Railroad Network to Freedom has added another Lancaster County site to its roster. The remains of the Columbia/Wrightsville Bridge, seen upriver from the Veterans Memorial Bridge in this photo, are part of this approved list. Ruins of the locks and dam of the Pennsylvania Canal, on Columbia Borough-owned land north of the Rt. 462 bridge, are also part of the list, according to historical consultant Randy Harris.

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History Mystery quiz: What was John Wilkes Booth’s connection to York, Pa.?

At a recent Leadership York class that I was part of, the topic came up. Did you know John Wilkes Booth spent time in York, Pa.? Class members were surprised. But when and where?

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Along the Susquehanna River: ‘We have the equivalent of a national park’

Here’s a spot that hasn’t yet been here on YorkTownSquare.com , and we specialize in finding favorite – and obscure – spots around here, Pinnacle Overlook on the Lancaster side of the Susquehanna. Lancaster County Conservancy has received the 80-acre scenic vista near Holtwood Dam from PPL Electric. A York Daily Record/Sunday New story on such developments along the Susquehanna brought forth this interesting viewpoint from Susquehanna Gateway Heritage Area.

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7 questions – and answers – to check your York Smarts

Ever since this scene appeared in the York, Pa., Daily Record, I’ve thought about such countless gatherings, morning, noon and night across York County. This typifies a piece of York County – past and present.

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Two York, Pa., events tell one theme: Individuals can affect change

Central Pennsylvania’s PennOwl Productions perform ‘Susquehanna to Freedom: The role of the Underground Railroad on the Susquehanna River.’  The theater group will perform playwright Dorothy King’s production on Sept. 20 at York College. A presentation on the performance by King, a … Continue reading

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York County quiz II: Check out your local history smarts

Post by York Daily Record/Sunday News. No York County place sparks more conversation on social media than this wonderful place. Many York countians have visited this estate, and they come back with stories they’ll readily share. The York Daily Record … Continue reading

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Underground Railroad on the Susquehanna: From Havre de Grace, Md., to Cooperstown, N.Y.

Actress Monika Ross is seen in the character of York County’s Amanda Berry in the play ‘Susquehanna to Freedom: The Role of the Susquehanna River in the Underground Railroad.’ Dr. Dorothy King, a York native, will present about PennOwl Production’s play on Sept. 6. A news release says the drama tells the story of three slaves who traveled northward on the Susquehanna from Havre de Grace, Md. – where the Susquehanna River enters the Chesapeake Bay.

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