GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Thomas Gerhart describes the role of Franklin County, Pa., in the underground railroad's successes with one word - paramount.
He excitedly talks about how the raid in Harpers Ferry, W.Va., was planned in Chambersburg, Pa., and how Osborne P. Anderson, the only black to survive the assault, traveled through Franklin County to freedom in Canada.
"The reason he made it ... was because of the effectiveness of the underground railroad in Franklin County," Gerhart said.
Gerhart, a historian working with the research of Temple University's Charles L. Blockson, will be the featured speaker at Allison-Antrim Museum's monthly meeting scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 8, at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Greencastle. The meeting is open to the public.
Gerhart, of Greencastle, believes that views about the underground railroad have been changing in the last decade, and he thinks it is being treated with more respect and intrigue. Gerhart hopes this will lead to a greater understanding that the slaves' quest for freedom was tied to every culture.