February was Black History month. But the history of the African-American experience in Pennsylvania is too rich--and too important--to be confined to one month per year. So, this month, WPSU offers a special three-part series: An audio tour of some Pennsylvania stops on the Underground Railroad.Take a look at the National Park Service map titled "Routes on the Underground Railroad." You'll see that one route runs right through Central Pennsylvania. Bellefonte, a home for Quakers and free blacks, was an important stop. In Part one of this series, we visit the Samuel Harris home, located a stone's throw from the county courthouse in Victorian Bellefonte. Local historian Candace Danaker, the current resident of this stately stone Georgian, shows the way upstairs to a secret room under the eaves, and explains the evidence to suggest that this was a hiding place for runaway slaves.
Stories: The Underground Railroad: The Samuel Harris House in Bellefonte
March 15, 2006