Lancaster’s Hidden African American History
- Dr. Leroy Hopkins will share stories covering African Americans’ role and involvement in Lancaster from the beginning of the city and county in the early 1700s through challenges faced in the twentieth century as well as the fight for civil rights.
- Photos: Dr. Leroy Hopkins; Members of the Negro Civic League of Lancaster (1917-pages 1923) assembled at the grave of Thaddeus Stevens, Shreiner’s Cemetery, Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Lancaster, Pa., September 13, 2018—The story of African Americans in Lancaster is hidden throughout the county. Join the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, October 15, at James Street Mennonite Church to learn more.
Dr. Leroy Hopkins will share stories about a core part of Lancaster history covering African Americans’ role and involvement in Lancaster from the beginning of the city and county in the early 1700s through challenges faced in the twentieth century as well as the fight for civil rights.
Hopkins, a Lancaster native, earned a B.A. in German and Russian from Millersville College (1966) and a Ph.D. in Germanic Languages and Literatures at Harvard (1974). Hopkins is a Professor Emeritus of German from Millersville University where he taught from 1979-2015. He has written and published articles on local African American history. Currently, Hopkins serves on the board of LancasterHistory.org and the Crispus Attucks Community Center. He is also president of the African American Historical Society of South Central Pennsylvania.
This event is open to the public; a free-will offering will be collected. This lecture is part of over forty Lancaster Roots 2018 events. Lancaster Roots combines the events of the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society and the 1719 Hans Herr House & Museum. Through public presentations, food, music, field trips, and classes, these events reveal Lancaster and its people: their stories, culture, and history.
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society
2215 Millstream Rd., Lancaster Pa. 17602
(717) 393-9745 • www.lmhs.org
Lancaster Roots 2018