Harrisburg’s Anti-Slavery Activists at York Civil War Round Table
“Pursuing a Course Unwise, Fanatical, and Disorganizing: Harrisburg’s Anti-Slavery Activists” will be the subject of George F. Nagle’s lecture at the monthly meeting of the York Civil War Round Table on February 16, 2011.
George F. Nagle will discuss the development, growth, and attempted suppression of the anti-slavery and abolitionist movements in Harrisburg prior to the Civil War, with an emphasis on the role of Harrisburg’s African American community in these multi-racial social movements. He will trace the movements from the tumbledown slave shacks of local plantations, to the humble weather-boarded walls of the Short Street Bethel Church, to the elegantly appointed halls of the Capitol, telling a story filled with heroes, heroines, villains, murderers, kidnappers and their victims, spies, courtroom drama and secret plots.
Mr. Nagle, a member of Camp Curtin Historical Society, is the editor of the Afrolumens Project, a web-based collection of local African American historical data. He is a lifelong Harrisburg area resident, a graduate of Harrisburg High and Penn State, and is employed with the Harrisburg School District. His research has been cited in several recently published history books, and he is frequently invited to participate in regional history conferences and panels. In addition to the website, he recently published a two-volume history of Harrisburg’s African American community from the colonial era to the Civil War called “The Year of Jubilee.”
The meeting will be held at 7:00 PM on Wednesday evening in the auditorium of the York County Heritage Trust at 250 E. Market Street in downtown York, Pennsylvania.
There is no charge for admission and the public is welcome!
Parking is also free! Bring a friend!