Do you know that Kennett Square was the hotbed of abolitionism, with more Underground Railroad stations than anywhere else?
Main Point Books, Radnor Memorial Library, and Radnor Historical Society welcome Mark Lanyon, author of "Abolition & the Underground Railroad in Chester County, Pennsylvania."
This event is online, and pre-registration is required through Eventbrite. The book is available for purchase below.
About The Book
Chester County was home to a diverse patchwork of religious communities, antislavery activists and free Black populations, all working to end the blight of slavery during the Civil War era. Kennett Square was known as the hotbed of abolitionism, with more Underground Railroad stations than anywhere else in the nation. Reverend John Miller Dickey and the Hinsonville community under the leadership of James Ralston Amos and Thomas Henry Amos founded the Ashmun Institute, later renamed Lincoln University, the nation's oldest degree-granting Historically Black College and University. The county's myriad Quaker communities fostered strong abolitionist sentiment and a robust pool of activists aiding runaway slaves on their road to emancipation. Author Mark Lanyon captures the rich history of antislavery activity that transformed Chester County into a vital region in the nation's fight for freedom.