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Demystifying the Underground Railroad

February 22 - February 22, 2018


The Underground Railroad (UGRR) was the first interracial activist movement in the United States. It brought together people of diverse backgrounds and from a variety of regions, including Pennsylvania, in defiance of the institution of slavery. There are many myths which surround its operation. However, it becomes less mysterious upon understanding how it operated, the dangers faced by participants, and its impact upon both the South and the North. As this talk examines the effectiveness of the Underground Railroad, it also will offer insights into its significance as a catalyst for the Civil War.

Spencer R. Crew is the Clarence J. Robinson Professor of History at George Mason University. Previous to that, he served as President of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Director of the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution. He recently served as a guest curator for one of the permanent history exhibitions at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. He has an AB from Brown University and a PH.D. from Rutgers University. His most recent publication is Memories of the Enslaved: Voices from the Slave Narratives, co-authored with Lonnie Bunch and Clement Price.

Dr. Crew’s presentation will take place on Thursday, February 22 in Ryder Hall at LancasterHistory.org, 230 N. President Avenue in Lancaster. A speaker’s reception will begin at 4 pm, followed by the main presentation at 4:30 pm. The event is free and open to the public.



February 22, 2018
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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230 N. President Ave.
Lancaster, PA 17601 United States
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