In July and August, the African American Museum of Bucks County, in partnership with the Pennsbury School District, conducted two bus tours of historic sites throughout Lower Bucks County that served as weigh-stations and hiding places along the Underground Railroad. Pennsbury teachers, administrators and support staff participated.
The tours visited the following key sites: Bensalem AME Church, the Bethel AME Church in Langhorne, the Harriet Tubman statue and homes along Radcliffe Street in Bristol and The Continental Tavern in Yardley.
The tours explored the plight of those enslaved as they made their dangerous escape from servitude, and the key role played by the AME churches, Quakers and other abolitionists in Bucks County. Ultimately, the tour described how freed Blacks were able to escape to safe havens, such as New York and Nova Scotia, Canada, while some freed Blacks stayed and built their communities right here in Bucks County.
“The AAMBC’s mission is to tell the untold stories and reveal hidden figures right here in Bucks County to our citizens, as well as visitors,” said Linda Salley, president of the museum. “We were particularly pleased to share this history with Pennsbury teachers and administrators, as they are responsible for educating our children, who represent the future of our country.”