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The Space Between: The Geography of the Underground Railroad
Saturday, January 12 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Nancy Webster, Curator of Friends Historical Association, presents “The Space Between: The Geography of the Underground Railroad”
So much discussion of the Underground Railroad is about people and sites that we forget the main artifact to study is the local geography, the space between known stations. The
terrain, waterways and fords, barrens, human-use patterns on the land—all governed escape routes. The geography had to provide for basic human needs such as drinking water, food to hunt or forage, cover from observation, and safe sleeping places.
The natural landscape of southeastern Pennsylvania, and the alterations made by the people living there, provided exceptionally for these needs. In addition to the landforms, the invisible connection of the people via genealogical ties, religious affiliation, and economic activity also dictated the best routes and forms of travel. Although freedom seekers varied, the distances traveled, the seasons on the road, the routes between safe havens, and the geography of place remained fundamental to the success of escape. For an illegal social movement where written records could easily lead to arrest and recapture, the landscape remains our best document for understanding why, how, when, and where.
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.
New Garden UAME Church
309 East Linden St.
Kennett Square, PA
Free street parking. Garage parking 0.2mi away at the corner of East Linden and North Union Streets. Free on weekends.