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Year of Jubilee (1863)


George Nagle speaking at the Midtown Scholar, November 12, 2010. Photo by Marian Dornell.


Before the first shots were fired on a Virginia battlefield in 1861, Northerners and Southerners were battling and shedding blood in the streets of Harrisburg, Carlisle and Lancaster. Join us as Mr. Nagle journeys us through a time when slave catchers steadily wore away the local Underground Railroad network, until a young schoolteacher from Philadelphia arrived in town and stealthily began putting the network back together. He used spies, coded messages, and modern technology to build a secure Underground Railroad chain from Harrisburg, linking Philadelphia, Reading, Carlisle, Saratoga and Niagara Falls.

Messiah College, February 7, 2012.

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


The Year of Jubilee: Volume TwoCovering the history of African Americans in central Pennsylvania from the colonial era through the Civil War.

Support the Afrolumens Project. Buy the books:

The Year of Jubilee, Volume One: Men of God, Volume Two: Men of Muscle



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