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a book about Harrisburg...

by George F. Nagle


Table of Contents

Study Areas:



Free Persons of Color

Underground Railroad

The Violent Decade

US Colored Troops

Civil War


About the Author

George Nagle is a lifelong resident of the City of Harrisburg. Since 1997 he has maintained and edited the Afrolumens Project website (, an Internet-based resource for educators, researchers, and students of Pennsylvania African American history. His research on local African American and Underground Railroad history has been used and credited by the authors of several recently published books, including African Americans of Harrisburg (Arcadia, 2005) by John Weldon Scott and Eric Ledell Smith, Biography of an Anti-Slavery City (PublishAmerica, 2007) by Todd Mealy, and Bound for Canaan (Harper Collins Amistad, 2005) by Fergus M. Bordewich.

He has been regularly invited to speak about local history and African American history by various state and local historical and cultural groups, including the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (2000 Black History Conference), Central Pennsylvania Consortium at Dickinson College (2003 Underground Railroad Conference), Temple University (2004 Underground Railroad Conference), Pennsylvania Humanities Council (2004 Freedom Conference at Fort Hunter) and Hershey Theatre (2007 Civil Rights Panel Discussion). He has contributed articles about local Civil War and Underground Railroad history to the journal of the Camp Curtin Historical Society and Civil War Round Table.

A 1992 graduate of Pennsylvania State University, majoring in American Studies, he continues to live in Harrisburg with his family, and is employed with the Harrisburg School District. This is his first book.


Caution: Copyrighted material. Published September 2010.

© 2010 George F. Nagle



This is the first in a series of books from the Afrolumens Project. Drawing on a large number of sources, and making good use of the treasure trove of information on the pages of the Afrolumens Project, this is the first truly comprehensive history of Harrisburg's African American community.

Pick up your copies at the Mid-Town Scholar Bookstore, Civil War and More Books, the National Civil War Museum,
or at the 2010 Harrisburg History Center.

Both volumes also available on Amazon.

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