Fact, Folklore, and the Legacy of the Underground Railroad

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Fact, Folklore, and the Legacy of the Underground Railroad

Wednesday, 2/12/20
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Event Type

Lecture/Panel Discussion
The Historical Society of Pennsylvania
1300 Locust St.
19107 Philadelphia , PA

Following the 2019 release of the popular biopic Harriet and the success of Colson Whitehead’s 2016 novel The Underground Railroad, it is evident that the Underground Railroad continues to influence our nation’s culture. Yet, the realities of the Underground Railroad are often conflated with myth, folklore, and legend. This event will feature a panel discussion on the myths surrounding the Underground Railroad, as well as a discussion of the Underground Railroad’s continued presence in American memory, media, and culture as HSP celebrates Black History Month.

For this night only, William Still's Journal C will be on display!


Darleen Amobi, a member of the Board of  Directors at the Kennett Underground Railroad Center and former Vice President of the Hockessin Historical Society.

Ashley B. Cloud, the Senior Director of the Quaker Hill Historic Preservation Foundation

Christopher Densmore,a former Curator of Friends Historical Library, Vice President of the Pennsylvania Abolition Society, and advisor to the Kennett Underground Railroad Center

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