2012-01-12 / Local & State

Historical Society To Present Underground Railroad Program

Fulton County Historical Society will present an educational and inspirational drama about the underground railroad for slaves traveling through Pennsylvania to freedom prior to the Civil War. The program is open to the public and will be held Saturday evening, January 14, at 7 p.m. in the United Presbyterian sanctuary, 116 S. Second St, Mc- Connellsburg.

Roy and Janice Gearhart will bring to life stories of participants who gave hope to fugitive slaves.

Jacob is a Methodist preacher, originally from Virginia, where he witnessed beatings, slave auctions and separation of families before he, too, received threats that forced him to move North. Mary Matilda is a helper on the Underground who works with her friend Martha to provide a safe station for the freedom seekers. They sew clothes and help conduct the fugitives on toward freedom. Mary Matilda and Jacob will share stories of escape and offer memorable music that slaves used to praise God and at the same time to express hope for a better life.

Snow date will be January 28. For more information, phone 717-485-4454 daytime or 485-3412 evenings.

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