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“Embattled Freedom” with Jim Remsen
May 17, 2018 @ 6:00 pm
Author Jim Remsen will visit Covenant Church to speak about his book, “Embattled Freedom”. The book tells the history of the Underground Railroad in Waverly, PA, including what Presbyterians in Scranton did to support the cause.
Rural Northeastern Pennsylvania was a bucolic farming region in the 1800s—but political tensions churned below the surface. When a group of fugitive slaves dared to settle in the Underground Railroad village of Waverly before the Civil War, they encountered a mix of support from abolitionists and animosity from white supremacists. Once the war came, thirteen of Waverly’s black fathers and sons returned south to fight for the Union. Their valor under fire helped to change many minds about blacks. Embattled Freedom lifts these thirteen remarkable lives out of the shadows, while also shedding light on the racial politics and social codes they and their people endured in the divided North. The men had found a safe haven in Waverly, but like other people of color in the 1800s and early 1900s, their freedom was uneasy, their battle for respect never-ending.
You are invited to join us for dinner followed by a presentation and a question and answer to follow.
Please RSVP to the church office by Monday, May 14th
Call Pastor Martha with any questions—609-670-2053