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Underground Railroad in Pennsylvania – Selections from a 1945 School Textbook

Herbert E. Stover‘s Pennsylvania: A History of Our State was a textbook in use in the schools in the Lykens Valley area in 1945 and for some years afterward.  The well-used copy belonging to the Gratz Historical Society is shown above and now resides in a large collection of texts that were in use in […]

Underground Railroad in Pennsylvania – Part 3 of 3

On Monday, the post discussed Harrisburg as a “hub” of activity for the Underground Railroad, rather than a final destination as it was presented on Sunday.  Those escapees moving north from Harrisburg would have passed through and possibly stopped over in the Lykens Valley area as they made their way to Elmira, New York, and […]

Underground Railroad in Pennsylvania – Part 2 of 3

In the post yesterday, some basic information was given about the hidden network of escape routes known as the Underground Railroad.  The basic impression from the information given was that Harrisburg was a final destination for the African-Americans who got there.  Also, from the map given, there were no escape routes identified in central Pennsylvania […]

Underground Railroad in Pennsylvania – Part 1 of 3

The Underground Railroad was the name given to a 19th century hidden network of routes by which African-Americans escaped from slavery to freedom – for the most part, to the north and to Canada.  Abolitionists aided the escaping African-Americans and established a series of safe-houses or hiding places along the way as well aiding the […]

Two Civil War-Era Centenarians Who Died in 1923

In going through some obituaries that appeared in the Harrisburg Evening News in 1923, two centenarians were discovered.  One was an African American woman, supposedly born in slavery who escaped via the Underground Railroad, who has to be considered as one of the longest living persons ever; the other was said to be at the […]