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Upper Dublin Freedom Memorial to be Unveiled

Memorial will honor those who died while fleeing slavery on the Underground Railroad.

Photo Credit: Leann Pettit
Photo Credit: Leann Pettit

Information from Upper Dublin Township:

On Saturday, Oct. 26, Upper Dublin Friends Meeting will dedicate a new Freedom Memorial to recognize and honor those long forgotten individuals buried in their cemetery, having died fleeing slavery on the Underground Railroad.

The dedication ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. at Upper Dublin Friends Meeting, located at the intersection of Fort Washington Avenue and Meetinghouse Roads.  Brief remarks and musical presentations will be offered, drawing on both Friends’ and African Americans’ traditions. 

The gravestone, donated by StoneMor Partners, LP, Levittown, PA reads:

“In honor of those known only to God.

The brave African American men, women and children

traveling on the Underground Railroad who died

seeking freedom.”

1852-1864 

A special log-cabin quilt has also been designed to cover the gravestone.  The log cabin quilt design was part of a communications system used by people associated with the Underground Railroad to guide those who were fleeing north to freedom. 

Upper Dublin Meeting is affiliated with Abington Quarter and Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, Religious Society of Friends. Hannah and Thomas Atkinson, former members of Upper Dublin Meeting, were abolitionists and part of the Underground Railroad.

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