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This exhibition examines Lancaster County’s role in the fight for freedom. The typical textbook portrays Lincoln as “The Great Emancipator.” It displays the causes and effects of emancipation from a local perspective. We explicate how Lancaster people--including Thaddeus Stevens, John Worfle, and William Parker--fought for an end to slavery and defined freedom. Artifacts and images selected for the exhibit illustrate the meaning of emancipation to African Americans in Lancaster and the nation. 

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“The War in South Carolina – A Negro Regiment by Rebels and Bloodhounds”

The War in South Carolina A Negro Regiment Attacked by Rebels and Bloodhounds.jpg

Frank Leslie's Illustrated Image
New York, March 5, 1864
Vol. XVII No. 440

“The Negro in the War – Sketches of the Various Employments of the Colored Men in the United States Armies”

The Negro in the War Sketches of the Various Employees of the Colored Men in the US Armies.jpg

Frank Leslie's Illustrated Image
New York, Saturday, January 16, 1864
Vol. XVII No. 433 p. 264-265