To all CHS friends and neighbors:
Please note the CHS May Meeting will be postponed until the fall. Updates to CHS meeting schedule will be posted on this website. Please stay safe and healthy.
– Charlestown Historical Society
“The Underground Railroad in Kennett Square and Wilmington: How Peace-loving Quakers Helped Win the Civil War”
by Gene Pisasale, historian and author
Please come join us for Charlestown Historical Society’s second Spring meeting.
- Wednesday, May 13, 2020
- Charlestown Elementary School cafeteria
From Gene Pisasale’s website:
The Underground Railroad in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania and Wilmington, Delaware was a conduit for thousands of slaves to escapeand gain their freedom. A Quaker group- the Longwood Progressive Friends- were active abolitionists; they believed that ending slavery would resolve the chaos enveloping the nation. Some members of the group met with Lincoln at the White House in June 1862 to persuade him on this issue; the President later released the Emancipation Proclamation freeing slaves in areas controlled by Federal troops. This ingenious move allowed blacks to fight and eventually bring victory for the Union in the Civil War.
Anyone who has visited Longwood Gardens has passed close to this historic building, the Longwood Progressive Friends Meetinghouse, which now houses the Brandywine Valley Tourism Information Bureau.