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Presented on Friday, February 21 as part of Messiah College’s 2020 Humanities Symposium. This exhibit, “Vulnerabilities & Securities in Historic Harrisburg: From Abolition to Suffrage,” was produced by the Center for Public Humanities Student Fellows and Dr. Sarah Myers’s Public History Class.

Harriet McClintock Marshall was born in 1840. Her mother, Catherine, was one of the founding members of Wesley Union African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, and Harriet worked with her mother to continue establishing the church's reputation. Wesley Union, located on Tanner's Alley, was a haven for those seeking freedom through the Underground Railroad. Harriet's and her mother's work in the Underground Railroad grew even more dangerous - and illegal - with the passage of 1850 Fugitive Slave Act. The church's proximity to the Mason-Dixon Line increased the risk.

This poster was edited by Dr. Jean Corey, Katie Wingert, and Dr. Sarah Myers.

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Digital Harrisburg, women, urban, diversity, multicultural, Messiah College, Messiah University, Pennsylvania


African American Studies | United States History | Women's History

Conductor of the Old Eighth: Harriet M. Marshall