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Celebrate Black History Month – The Underground Railroad

It is important to understand all of our history.  There are wonderful HUMAN stories in the good and “negative”  parts of our history.   We can learn so much and be inspired for our lives.  We can better understand what goes on behind the things that are happening now.

Harriet Tubman (photo H. B. Lindsley), c. 1870. A worker on the Underground Railroad, Tubman made 13 trips to the South, helping to free over 70 people.[1

 

 

 

 

photo from   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Underground_Railroad”]

I am proud that our area of Pennsylvania was very active in The Underground Railroad.  A big reason is that we had many residents who were Quakers, and their peaceful and charitable attitudes brought many people to risk their lives to help the slaves.

I have heard many times that large historic homes  in the county were a part of the historic safe route to freedom.

“The Underground Railroad was the network used by enslaved black Americans to obtain their freedom in the 30 years before the Civil War (1860-1865). The “railroad” used many routes from states in the South, which supported slavery, to “free” states in the North and Canada.” http://education.nationalgeographic.com/education/multimedia/undergroundrailroad/?ar_a=1&ar_r=999

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“This is the Mount Gilead African Methodist Episcopal church, located near the top of Buckingham Mountain. It was originally built of logs in 1835 and was rebuilt from stone in 1852. The church was founded by runaway slaves, since Buckingham Mountain was considered to be a safe refuge along the Underground Railroad.”  from http://www.davidhanauer.com/buckscounty/buckingham/

http://www.history.com/flash/VideoPlayer.swf?vid=7053389701


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  1. February 4, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    Hi Sally, it is a real pleasure like your posts!

  2. mandyf
    February 4, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Thank you for this Sally. It is important we remember our history.

  3. February 4, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Sally, liked it.
    Detlev – (e)DET

  4. February 4, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    I grew up in upstate NY near homes that were used in the underground railroad. It was neat to walk between walls and inside the skeleton of the homes. Thanks for the memories Sally!

  5. February 4, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Hi Sally!
    A good reminder of the heroism and long struggle that went before freedom

  6. February 4, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    I like your post Sally. Have a great weekend

  7. February 4, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    The railroad … A chunk of history there for all countries.

  8. February 4, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    great article

  9. February 4, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    Great post, Sally, Harriet Tubman’s story is so inspiring.

  10. February 4, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    Even though my kids have learned all about slavery, The Underground Railroad and Civil Rights, I don’t think they truly understood what oppression was. Seeing “The Help,” especially the parts where the maids weren’t allowed to use the indoor restrooms meant for the family, gave them a real sense of how African Americans were considered second class citizens. Thanks, Sally, for providing these great resources,

  11. February 4, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    Hi Sally, very interesting! Thank you for sharing.

  12. Leo
    February 4, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    Thanks for teach me something new, I like to learn.

  13. February 4, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Thanks Sally !

  14. February 4, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    Thank you for sharing this post.
    Learning of the Mount Gilead African Methodist Episcopal church did it for me!

  15. February 4, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    Thanks for sharing Sally

  16. TVisio Broadcast
    February 4, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    Thanks Sally, I invite everyone to visit Our Civil Rights Museum in beautiful Birmingham, AL.
    Education and learning our history is vitally important.

  17. February 4, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    thanks Sally 🙂

  18. TaxCoach
    February 4, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Thanks for the history lesson.

  19. Judy
    February 4, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    Great to see, Sally! After 23 years in the South, having grown up in the NE, I’m still adjusting to the differences in culture here. As a girl, I had two heroes: Harriet Tubman and Helen Keller. It was so cool to see the photo of Harriet Tubman! I don’t know (at least) that I’ve ever had anyone talk about Ms. Tubman. In this part of Florida (Daytona Beach) African-American folks don’t have Black History as I did, in CT high school. 40 years ago. A (Black) friend told me that, when Roots came on t.v., the reaction was rioting. Let’s face it; racism is still a very real issue in America. Currently, in my area, .there are big problems with changes in the voting registration that can seriously cut back on votes in the next Presidential election. Bittersweet for me, this Black History Month.

  20. Clare Finkel
    February 4, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    Thank you, Sally, very much.

  21. February 5, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Thanks Sally!

    Years ago, Underground Railroad bus tours existed, which included venues in Bucks Co., as well as southern Jersey. Also, the Mercer Museum used to sponsor seminars on aspects of the Railroad. I remember a seminar featuring the use of quilts hung in the window of Quaker homes as a way of communicating the existence of a safe haven to the escaping slaves.

  22. j
    February 5, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    This is such an interesting part of the history of our country. Thank you so much for sharing this with every one! Love you, Mom

  23. Pedro Rodriguez
    February 6, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    I enjoyed it very much and showed it to my son. Keep up the good work!

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