Monday, October 27, 2008

Shameless Plug for Museum in Reading, PA

I was home in Pennsylvania a few days for a friend's wedding and also got to visit the Central Pennsylvania African American Museum, courtesy Frank Gilyard. The big sell for most people is that the museum is in an old AME church (the sixth one in the world) and there's an actual Underground Railroad hiding space dug out underneath the bottom floor. People having to escape by tunnels and underground hideouts is a story that's still going on today in places like North Korea. The whole museum is an excellent showcase for a part of Pennsylvania and American history that's often neglected, and not only does curator Frank Gilyard know everything there is to know on the topic, he's also a very interesting and nice guy. If you're in the area you should check them out.

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