Symposium on 18th Century Abolitonist at Hale-Byrnes House

Press Release From the Hale-Byrnes House

 In recent years, many Delawareans have become increasingly interested in Thomas Garrett and the First State’s important role on the Underground Railroad. Few know, however, that almost a full century before Thomas Garrett was born, Wilmington area residents were already active in the abolition movement. This conference brings together historians from across the nation to explore what happened before the Underground Railroad.

“Let This Voice Be Heard:  18th Century Abolitionists” will be a symposium brining together local, state, and national-recognized historians with the general public to learn about and discuss the 18th century abolition movement, which was triggered before the American Revolution by thoughts of “liberty, freedom, and justice for all.”


Through a series of scholarly presentations by nationally recognized historians, we will explore the connections between 18-century Delaware abolitionists such as David Ferris, Daniel Byrnes to Anthony Benezet, John Churchman, Warner Mifflin, and prominent Quaker leader, John Woolman.

Fri., March 8, 2013   7:30PM Hale Byrnes’ Reception & Evening Program: 18th Century Abolitionists. This reception honors the scholars who will be participating  in the “Before the Underground Railroad” symposium we are sponsoring at Wilmington Friends Meeting the following day. Reservations for this reception are required. $20 per person.  Checks should be made out to DSPA and sent to:    Hale Byrnes House    606 Stanton-Christiana Road    Newark, Delaware 19713.

Sat., March 9, 2013   9:00AM – 4:30PM Symposium on 18th Century Abolitionists. Nationally-known scholars and local historians will speak on the abolitionist movement that took place before the days of the Underground Railroad. [ Flyer ]     [ More Info ] Reservations for this program are required. $25 per person includes lunch and related supplies. Registered Delaware teachers will receive 6 continuing education credit hours from Delaware Teachers Center. Please note: Our day-long event will be held at Wilmington Friends Meeting 401 N West Street, Wilmington, De 19801.  http://www.wilmingtondefriendsmeeting.org/ Checks should be made out to DSPA and sent to:    Hale Byrnes House    606 Stanton-Christiana Road    Newark, Delaware 19713.

For a event flyer click here.  This will be an interesting topic.

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