February meeting – Lancaster CWRT
Writer and tour guide Deb McCauslin will present a talk entitled “Freedom Lies Just North,” a fascinating presentation on the Underground Railroad movement in Adams County with a focus on the hotbed of activity, the village of Yellow Hill, just north of Gettysburg. This will be at the February 14 meeting of the Lancaster Civil War Round Table (7:00 p.m.), and will be held at the Lititz Public Library in northern Lancaster County.
Admission is free to the public. You do NOT have to be a member of the CWRT to attend; just show up and prepare for an evening that is sure to teach you some more about local history. The conference room in the library is new and very nice, spacious, and well lit. I spoke there last summer as part of the CWRT program when I related several human interest stories from the Gettysburg Campaign.
During the years before the Civil War, African Americans of Yellow Hill worked with their Quaker neighbors to help escaping slaves to freedom. This evening we’ll hear about Yellow Hill, where Gettysburg’s African Americans found refuge during the Confederate invasion of 1863, the mysterious Yellow Hill Cemetery, and the Church lot. We’ll learn about the U.S. Colored Troops who were buried at Yellow Hill, and about the families who lived nearby.
Hear the history of how Yellow Hill Church was burned to the ground in a deliberate act of racism. Learn how Quakers William and Phebe Wright helped 1,000 people abscond to freedom. After this program, you will want to take the tour!