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Bucks County Underground Railroad Tour Revives Hidden History of Escapees From Slavery

On Saturday, July 15 from 9am-3pm, join the African American Museum of Bucks County (AAMBC) for an exciting guided bus tour along little known stops of the pathway that led enslaved people to their freedom. This pathway is otherwise known as the Underground Railroad. Bucks County has long been known as a haven for the middle and upper classes, but has a deep history from the 1700’s and 1800’s as a honeycombed route of safe houses that included churches, Friends Meeting Houses, homes, stores and barns. There were also hidden signals for people to spot who would help and where it would be safe to hide.

At 9 AM, the bus will leave from the Parx Casino, 2999 Street Road, Bensalem, PA and will be stopping in many locations in Lower Bucks throughout Bensalem, Bristol and Yardley. The ancient hiding places as well as who owned them, will be pointed out along the way. The tour will include a stop to recognize Harriet Tubman at a statue of her in Bristol. Tubman was an internationally known abolitionist of African descent who helped hundreds of people to escape slavery and flee into Canada.

The tour will end at 3PM with a 12:30 pm luncheon at the Continental Tavern in Yardley, PA. Each ticket costs $60.00. Reserve your seat in advance as seats are selling fast. To sign up, contact Linda Salley at 215-760-1205 or visit www.infoaambc.org.

AAMBC is a museum of traveling artifacts and events for schools, museums, libraries and institutions. The Board of Directors includes members of families with ancestors that were in Bucks County dating back hundreds of years. For more information about events, tickets, memberships and donations, email aambcmuseum@gmail.com.