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August 12, 2021
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
West Chester, PA 19382
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Town Tour Series: Post-Civil War and the Road to Recovery - Virtual

Thursday, August 12, 2021

The Abolitionist movement in Chester County had many adherents but not all people north of the Mason-Dixon Line were interested in participating in the illegal activities required to bring fugitive slaves to freedom. Individuals feared reprisal from the American government, especially following the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850, from their own communities, and from the Almighty. Coupled with a general pro-slavery sentiment in Chester County, most notably in the non-Quaker sect, slavery became a highly polarizing issue. The passage of the 13th Amendment in January 1865 and the end of the Civil War that same year brought new challenges in the quest for civil rights within our county. Join us on a fascinating journey as we travel to National Register sites in Chester County related to the Post-Civil War and the Road to Recovery!