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FREE LECTURE: African American Education in the 19th Century

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Kennett Friends Meeting

125 West Sickle Street

Kennett Square, PA 19348

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African American Education in the 19th Century

Lecture by Dr. Bradley Skelcher, Professor Emeritus at Delaware State University

Kennett Friends Meeting
125 West Sickle Street, Kennett Square, PA

For Quakers, education was important for people to conduct their daily lives. And providing education to all was an important expression of their belief in equality of all human beings. This naturally led many Quakers to challenge slavery. As Quakers came to accept the notion that slavery was wrong, more came to believe in the importance of education for African Americans once they were free. To be sure, education was important to Quakers, but not for religious instruction or conversion to Christianity. Education was seen in a more pragmatic light. Especially during the process of manumission, Quakers believed that freedom was not enough. They believed in education as restitution for the years of unpaid services. Education was an important restitution because no one could lose an education or have it taken away, unlike land and money and, for that matter, freedom itself.

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ABOUT THE SERIES

Enslaved, Freedom-Seeking, and Free: 19th-Century African American Life in the Mid-Atlantic Region

Kennett Underground Railroad Center (KURC) and Hadley announce a joint effort to bring eminent scholars and authors from New England, Pennsylvania, and Delaware to the Kennett area for a series of eight lectures. All lectures are free. They will occur once each month from November 2018 through June 2019. Seating is limited and reservations are requested.

For the full series and for more information, please visit our website at kennettundergroundrr.org

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Please park in the asphalt parking area and along the street. Lawn parking may also be available, weather permitting.

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