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Underground Railroad Research Forum

Re: More Independent Research
In Response To: Re: More Independent Research ()

I agree with your statements for the most part. Your writings seem to
portray everyone equally, however, there are many others that have a vested
interest in always making blacks followers. I was raised in Chester County,
and did not know the part the Underground Railroad played in our history. I
only heard tales from my mother, and the history books mentioned it only in
passing.

I am descended from two direct Revolutionary War Veterans, and two direct
Civil War Veterans. My Great-Great Uncle Samuel Pinn served with the 54th
Massachusetts out of Lancaster County Pennsylvania. He was a Corporal,
having received his commission from Robert Shaw at Reidsville Massachusetts.
Now when I see the movie Glory, I am looking for the soldier who would have
portrayed Samuel. He served in the same unit as Charles and Louis Douglass
the sons of Frederick Douglass. The 54th Massachusetts saved my Great
Grandfather, Samuel Ruth, who was a young slave boy in Savannah Georgia.
Samuel Pinn introduced my Great Grandfather to his sister, and they would
eventually married.

That is how close I was to the real life stories of those impacted by the
Underground Railroad. When my Great Grandfather wanted to send for his
mother, Leah Ruth Warner, he contacted the Friends Association in
Pennsylvania. They assisted him in writing letters, and finding his mother.
They also assisted him in bringing her to Pennsylvania. Even though the
Civil War was over, getting my ancestor out of South Carolina was no less
perilous.

I am referring to the celebrations I have participated in, in which the few
whites who participated are given hero roles. That is not something I am
making up, it actually happens. I am not saying every white person or
organization does it, but it happens. I was just in Pennsylvania promoting
my book, this past February, and the Lancaster County historical Society was
not interested in my presentation. I believe it is because my depictions of
the characters in the Christiana Resistance, did not push forth whites as
leaders. I portrayed the events as they happened, and it did not go over
well with some folks.

That is the point I am attempting to make, and I do appreciate the point you
are making as well.

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