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The Arc of the Moral Universe in the Age of Legalism: Why the Underground Railroad Matters Today
Saturday, February 9, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
TONYA THAMES-TAYLOR, Professor at West Chester University, presents “The Arc of the Moral Universe in the Age of Legalism: Why the Underground Railroad Matters Today”
The legacy of the Underground Railroad underscores the protest agency found in modern-day human rights and peace movements in America. Yet, the Underground Railroad fails to get treated as such and is usually marginalized to the histories
of blacks and their Anabaptist-inspired religious allies. This storytelling conversation explores how faith and rule of law play heavily in the actions and reasoning of Freedom Seekers (also called fugitive slaves) and their allies. Centrally, this conversation places the actions of Freedom Seekers and their allies in the logic found in these lines of the Declaration of Independence, “But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing in- variably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw o such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security…”
Question and Answer will follow storytelling.
ABOUT THE LECTURE SERIES:
Enslaved, Freedom-Seeking, and Free
19th-Century African American Life in the Mid-Atlantic Region
Kennett Underground Railroad Center (KURC) and Hadley announce a joint effort to bring eminent scholars and authors from New England, Pennsylvania, and Delaware to this area for a series of eight lectures.
All lectures are FREE and will occur once each month from November 2018 through June 2019. The lectures will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays.
Seating is limited and reservations are requested. Please visit the EventBrite page to reserve your place.
Kennett Friends Meeting
125 West Sickle Street, Kennett Square PA
Please park in the main paved lot or along the street. Lawn parking with also be available, weather permitting. Garage parking available at the corner of East Linden and North Union Streets. Free on weekends.