PA’s Underground Railroad

16649673868_f8913b5a88_oOn Monday, March 16, 2015, New Hope Academy in Yardley hosted the academic expertise of Doreen Stratton, a third generation Doylestown resident and granddaughter of a Civil War Veteran. Doreen is a published writer and presented to the Yardley campus on the subject of the Underground Railroad and its connection to the Pennsylvania area. It was with great passion and clarity that Doreen educated her audience in how and why the Underground Railroad was started and explained the different ways that slaves fleeing from the antebellum South managed to make their way to freedom in the Northern United States and Canada. Students were given a slave’s perspective regarding the working and personal lives of notable individuals such as Frederick Douglas and Harriet Tubman. Doreen provided the details of how slaves would escape the South before and during the Civil War: where they would need to go, how they would get there, and the multitude of covert symbols used to helps escaping slaves find safety on the route to freedom. Students had the opportunity to examine reproductions of tools and symbols used by abolitionists to mark the paths to freedom during the dangerous and often deadly path to freedom. When the presentation ended, students were given the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the local connection the Underground Railroad had in Pennsylvania.

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