Beyond the Underground Railroad: Reclaiming African American Heritage” is a virtual tour of places and sites like the Stevens/Smith site in Lancaster City, the Mifflin House, and Columbia Crossings as well as various lesser known homes that were part of the Underground Railroad. This event will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 19, at Landisville Mennonite Church, 3320 Bowman Road, Landisville, Pennsylvania.
Randolph J. Harris will share stories and talk about the behind-the-scenes efforts to reclaim these sites for historic purposes. Through his extensive education, research, and more than twenty-five years of work experience in many different capacities, including past executive director of the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County, he is uniquely qualified to speak on the preservation and promotion of these sites.
His recent projects focus on African American heritage sites in the communities of south central Pennsylvania and the development of heritage tours. Harris is also the archivist of the African American Historical Society of South Central Pennsylvania.
An interesting insight that he will share with the attendees of this virtual tour is the important role that local government representatives should take as stewards of the heritage of their communities, including the buildings and the natural environment of the area.
Landisville Mennonite Church, free