Meet a conductor of the Underground Railroad. In this educational and interpretive program, presenter Joseph Becton appears in 19th century garb as Samuel D. Burris, a free African American who helped many escape slavery through the Underground Railroad. Using first person narration, Burris discusses the origins of the Underground Railroad and Philadelphia's key role in its development. Burris also shares his life story and adventures with the audience, including his decision to migrate to California.
Sponsoring Organization: Yardley Historical Association.
Commonwealth Speakers is a program of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities.