Central Pennsylvania's journey
from enslavement to freedom
Just uploaded--"Port of Philadelphia Slave Manifests." Including fascinating stories about the Ganges Families, an enslaved woman who sucessfully sued a Texas slaveholder for her and her two sons' freedom, and scandal, suicides and ghost stories. Check it all out here: Philadelphia Slave Manifests.
In the News
On This DateNovember events important to local African American history (see the whole year)
November 1, 1910: A new publication, The Crisis, edited by W.E.B. DuBois, makes its appearance.
November 2, 1836: American Anti-slavery Society lecturer Jonathan Blanchard lectures in the town of Dauphin.
November 3, 1836: American Anti-slavery Society lecturer Jonathan Blanchard lectures in the town of Halifax.
November 4. 1836: American Anti-slavery Society lecturer Jonathan Blanchard lectures in the town of Millersburg.
November 4. 2008: Barack Obama is elected as the 44th President of the United States and the first African American to hold the office.
November 5, 1968: Shirley Chisholm becomes the first African American woman elected to Congress.
November 6, 1860: Abraham Lincoln is elected sixteenth president of the United States.
November 7, 1775: Lord Dunmore, Royal Governor of Virginia, issues a proclamation promising freedom to slaves who would run away from rebel owners to fight for the British army. Several thousand would do so, including some from the Harrisburg area.
November 7, 1837: Elijah Lovejoy is murdered at Alton, Illinois and becomes a martyr for abolitionists.
November 8, 1775: Titus, a man enslaved by John Corlies of Monmouth County, New Jersey, escapes to start his own guerilla fight against local plantations in the name of the British. Known as Colonel Tye, he led a mixed race band of fighters, based in the cedar swamps of New Jersey, against Continental forces from July 1779 until his death from wounds in September 1780.
November 8, 1938: Crystal Bird Fauset is elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, becoming the first African American woman to serve in a state house of representatives.
November 11, 1836: American Anti-slavery Society lecturer Jonathan Blanchard speaks at Harrisburg’s Masonic Hall. The lecture is attended by local attorney Charles C. Rawn, who begins to reconsider his anti-abolitionist views.
November 14, 1865: Harrisburg welcomes the United States Colored Troops home, hosting a large parade, reception and public dinner. This Grand Review of Colored Troops featured speeches by William Howard Day, Simon Cameron, J. C. White and Octavius Catto. T. Morris Chester was Master of Ceremonies.
November 17, 1846: Trial in Gettysburg of infamous slave catcher and kidnapper Thomas Finnegan results in his conviction for kidnapping. He is sentenced to five year in Eastern Penitentiary, but is pardoned in June 1848 by Governor Francis R. Shunk due to failing health.