the Experience" is
a spiritually, creative, living historical reenactment
of the Underground Railroad in Pennsylvania.
Individuals such as Eliza Parker, Rev. Stephen Smith,
Rev. Jarena Lee, and Lydia Hamilton Smith tell their courageous
stories about their work on the Underground Railroad.
Intertwined in the reenactment are the Spirituals of a people
searching for and leading Africans to a life of freedom. Following
the reenactment, a Southern buffet style meal is served. The Underground
Railroad was a network of "stations" that enslaved Africans
used to escape. The Lancaster Bethel
African Methodist Episcopal Church was one of these
This railroad made stops from the shores
of the Carolinas, from the hills of Georgia, to the border
of Canada. The tracks were built on faith and conviction.
The fuel was D.I.E.S.E.L.: desire, ingenuity, endurance, salvation, energy,
and longing. The cars were made of people seeking
their freedom. The cars were pulled by engines such as Harriet
Tubman with numerous conductors such as Ezekial Thompson and
William Whipper keeping the train on track.
Do you know the role the
A.M.E. church played in liberating enslaved Africans? Were
you aware that residents of Lancaster County were directly
involved in freeing enslaved Africans?
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