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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