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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.

Hannah's leadership and administrative skills extended beyond the church to civic organizations such as the House of Ruth, Good Samaritans, and Daughters of Samaritans. In addition, she was a dedicated music teacher. She did all of this while providing for her family by working as a domestic, one of the few jobs available to African-American women at that time. In 1928, when Hannah died, she left behind a rich legacy for her family and community. Hannah's great-granddaughter, poet and activist Marian Dornell, explores the complicated history of race and segregation in Harrisburg in her collection of poems, Unicorn in Captivity.

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

Musician and Church Leader: Hannah Braxton Jones