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Discovering Forgotten History: The Lost Community at Yellow Hill

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Time: 12:05pm

Educational Event

Historian and author Debra Sandoe McCauslin learned of an abandoned African American cemetery where her father grew up on Yellow Hill, Adams County, eight miles north of Gettysburg, Pennylvania. This cemetery was the place where veterans of the U.S. Colored Troops were once buried. McCauslin went to the census records to learn about the community and found about 100 residents who lived there in 1850. She then learned about the Menallen Friends who lived in the Quaker Valley beside Yellow Hill and searched for relationships between the two communities. She found that African Americans were part of the fruit growing industry, working on Quaker-owned nurseries and were connected to the iron-making industry, cutting trees, and making charcoal for nearby iron furnaces. She found that Quakers were providing jobs and helping them own land. Best of all, McCausin discovered that these two communities were aiding others to find freedom on the Underground Railroad, decades before the American Civil War. Yellow Hill is also a place where African Americans fled during the Confederate Invasion of June and July of 1863.

This bookstore presentation is provided in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission's 2010 theme, Black History in Pennsylvania: Communities in Common.

Located within the Capitol Complex, across from the State Capitol Building, Hearing Room #3 in the Commonwealth Keystone Building is the setting for this event from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and the Pennsylvania Heritage Society.

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Phone: 717-528-8553