Study Areas:



Free Persons of Color

Underground Railroad

The Violent Decade

US Colored Troops

Civil War

Year of Jubilee (1863)

The Afrolumens Project exists to promote the collection, study and interpretation of data relating to African American slavery and freedom in central Pennsylvania, and is dedicated to the idea that all Pennsylvania residents share a common history regardless of race, belief or gender identity.

The focus of this website is on the historical period that begins with European colonization and African slavery in Pennsylvania, and ends with the American Civil War. In addition to being a repository and interpreter of historical data, the Afrolumens Project seeks to facilitate communication among scholars, educators and researchers by making the collection accessible on this website without cost, to everyone interested.

Covering the history of African Americans in central Pennsylvania from the colonial era through the Civil War.

Support the Afrolumens Project. Buy the books:

The Year of Jubilee, Volume One: Men of God, Volume Two: Men of Muscle



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