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Mission Statement

The Afrolumens Project exists to promote the collection, study and interpretation of data relating to African American enslavement, community and freedom in central Pennsylvania, and is dedicated to the idea that all Pennsylvania residents share a common history regardless of race, belief or gender identity.

The focus of this website is on the historical period that begins with European colonization and African enslavement in Pennsylvania, and continues to the present day. In addition to being a repository and interpreter of historical data, the Afrolumens Project seeks to facilitate communication among scholars, educators and researchers by making the collection accessible on this website without cost, to everyone interested.

Cover of the book Year of Jubilee, Men of MuscleCovering the history of African Americans in central Pennsylvania from the colonial era through the Civil War.

Support the Afrolumens Project. Click the cover image to read the books:

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




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