Saturday, March 14th 2020
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Three part presentation on the Underground Railroad and the part Lancaster played in it presented by Leroy Hopkins.
March 14th Enslaved Africans in Lancaster County: Including who were the owners? how were the Africans used? and the growth of free African societies.
April 11th Traditional Historiography of the Underground Railroad: Including Author Robert Clemens Smedley’s History of the Underground Railroad in Chester and Neighboring Counties
May 9th A New Look at the Underground Railroad: Including Lancaster County, Welsh Mountain and Columbia Vicinities
Leroy Hopkins was born and raised in Lancaster County. He is a retired Millersville professor. As the associate director of the local Urban League he found local African-Americans lacked a sense of their history and their connection to the community. Leroy put the question to himself in 1977 “Does Lancaster County have a black history?” and he has been answering it ever since.