Robinson to unveil newly discovered records of Emancipated Slaves from pre-Civil War era
The African American Museum of Bucks County (AAMBC) invites the public to a special presentation by Robin Robinson, Bucks County Recorder of Deeds, on Thursday, April 9th at 6:00pm at the First Baptist Church located at 215 E. Richardson Avenue, Langhorne, PA 19047. The meeting will take place downstairs in the church’s social hall. This event is free and attendees will have an opportunity to meet the Museum’s Board of Directors and hear about the numerous programs and exhibits the museum has presented in the first quarter of 2020.
Light food and beverages will also be served.
Ms. Robinson, who oversees the preservation of Bucks County records dating back to the time of William Penn, will reveal findings from 61 books that were recently discovered that contain valuable records of manumissions, which is the official term used for the formal emancipation of slaves. Miss Robinson will also address how these manumissions were recorded by Quakers, some of which recorded a bill of sale dating back to before the Civil War. The AAMBC looks forward to sharing these newly uncovered artifacts through future programs.
According to Linda Salley, President, “one of the main goals of the AAMBC is to reveal our hidden figures in Bucks County and beyond. There are so many untold stories about the resilience of African Americans in Bucks County that we want to share with everyone. Martin Luther King said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
The AAMBC is an all-volunteer organization that is sustained by the support of the local community and relies on volunteers, donors and members to produce its programs and traveling exhibits. This year the Museum has already held numerous events, including:
- Screening of the award-winning documentary, “Standing on our Sisters’ Shoulders” featuring the Lincoln University Choir at Bucks County Community College
- Black History Month pop-up exhibit and interactive program at local schools: Bucks County Technical High School, Pearl S. Buck Elementary School, Trenton High School.
- Public exhibit “Building on the Dream: From Africa to Bucks County” featuring a three- part speaker series at the Bucks County Visitor Center in Bensalem.
The African American Museum of Bucks County honors the rich legacy of the African American Experience, inspiring pride in our heritage and sharing information and stories about the diverse journey of our people and our shared ancestry. Our programs and exhibits explore the history and heritage of the diverse cultures of Bucks County and beyond. We tell these stories through special exhibitions, public events and educational programs. In addition to our mobile exhibits, our ultimate goal is to have a physical home in Bucks County, a place to showcase our many artifacts and hold programs and events. For more information, or to join as a member or donate, please visit our website: infoaambc.org.