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Christiana, PA: The Christiana Historical Society announces its annual Anniversary Open House on Saturday, September 11, 2021 from 10 AM to 3 PM, a day when history will come to life in Christiana.

Christiana, PA in southern Lancaster County, was a major hub in the Underground Railroad and the site of a major stand against slavery. A little-known event, which effected the country's view on enslavement, occurred on September 11, 1851 when a slave owner came from Maryland to retrieve what he deemed to be his property. The black community took a stand, by refusing his demands and a confrontation ensued which ended with the death of the slave owner. 38 were arrested (black and Quaker) and held for trial in Moyamensing Prison in Philadelphia on the charge of treason. A team of lawyers, led by Congressman Thaddeus Stevens of Lancaster, PA, came to their defense and won.

Come to Christiana to hear the details of this event and meet the descendants of those African Americans and Quakers that were involved in the Underground Railroad as well as those that were arrested and tried.

There will be exhibits – an exact replica of the box used Henry "Box" Brown in his escape to freedom, hear stories passed down through the families of those involved, enjoy the food prepared by A. Lee Brinson (BBQ Chicken or Rib dinners will be available for purchase); see an exhibit created by Lucy Cadwallader, one of the few 19th century hair artisans in the country; hear some music, come back in time and if you really want to go back in time, dress up in historic clothing!

Also joining us will be the 3rd United States Colored Infantry Re-enactors and talk to men from the Invalid Corps. Many of the men from the African American Community of Christiana enlisted during the Civil War to further the fight for freedom.

The event will be held in the same building, once known as the Zercher Hotel, in which those arrested were held while waiting to be transported to Philadelphia for a trial that was held in Independence Hall. 11 Green Street Christiana, PA 17509

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On Saturday September 11, 2021 at 10:00 am (ends Saturday September 11, 2021 at 3:00 pm)

Venue details: Christiana Underground Railroad Center at Historic Zercher's Hotel, 11 Green Street, Christiana, Pennsylvania, 17509, United States

Category: Community | History

Christiana, PA: The Christiana Historical Society announces its annual Anniversary Open House on Saturday, September 11, 2021 from 10 AM to 3 PM, a day when history will come to life in Christiana.

Christiana, PA in southern Lancaster County, was a major hub in the Underground Railroad and the site of a major stand against slavery. A little-known event, which effected the country's view on enslavement, occurred on September 11, 1851 when a slave owner came from Maryland to retrieve what he deemed to be his property. The black community took a stand, by refusing his demands and a confrontation ensued which ended with the death of the slave owner. 38 were arrested (black and Quaker) and held for trial in Moyamensing Prison in Philadelphia on the charge of treason. A team of lawyers, led by Congressman Thaddeus Stevens of Lancaster, PA, came to their defense and won.

Come to Christiana to hear the details of this event and meet the descendants of those African Americans and Quakers that were involved in the Underground Railroad as well as those that were arrested and tried.

There will be exhibits – an exact replica of the box used Henry "Box" Brown in his escape to freedom, hear stories passed down through the families of those involved, enjoy the food prepared by A. Lee Brinson (BBQ Chicken or Rib dinners will be available for purchase); see an exhibit created by Lucy Cadwallader, one of the few 19th century hair artisans in the country; hear some music, come back in time and if you really want to go back in time, dress up in historic clothing!

Also joining us will be the 3rd United States Colored Infantry Re-enactors and talk to men from the Invalid Corps. Many of the men from the African American Community of Christiana enlisted during the Civil War to further the fight for freedom.

The event will be held in the same building, once known as the Zercher Hotel, in which those arrested were held while waiting to be transported to Philadelphia for a trial that was held in Independence Hall. 11 Green Street Christiana, PA 17509

URL:
Facebook: https://go.evvnt.com/845217-0?pid=6842

On Saturday September 11, 2021 at 10:00 am (ends Saturday September 11, 2021 at 3:00 pm)

Venue details: Christiana Underground Railroad Center at Historic Zercher's Hotel, 11 Green Street, Christiana, Pennsylvania, 17509, United States

Category: Community | History

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