The Odds and Ends of Gettysburg's Black Community

Please join us on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at 7 P.M. for

"The Odds and Ends of Gettysburg's Black Community"


This program will be held in Valentine Hall on the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg campus and presented by Andrew Dalton, author of Beyond the Run: The Emanuel Harmon Farm at Gettysburg.

Using the collections of the Adams County Historical Society, historic photographs of Gettysburg, and data from a host of early records, this presentation will paint a picture of Gettysburg’s black community before and during the Civil War. The program will examine what we know, and what has been said over the years about individuals like Mag Palm, Keziah Kuff, Owen Robinson, and Jack Hopkins. How do we separate fact from fiction? What sources exist and how can we gain a better insight into these people’s lives? This presentation will, street by street, examine the families that made up Gettysburg’s black community before and during the Civil War. Where did they live? What were their lives like? And what written records did they leave behind? By consulting more obscure records, and separating legends from well-established facts, this presentation will attempt to give a historically accurate perspective on a topic that has been distorted and misinterpreted by historians and storytellers for over a century.


This program is free and open to the public thanks to the generous sponsorship from ACNB Bank.