A celebration – Join me for a walking tour of downtown West Chester, PA

In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the famous civil rights march on Washington, author Catherine Quillman leads a guided tour featuring sites related to Civil Rights activist Bayard Rustin.    It starts at 5 p.m. on Wednesday evening, August 21st  at the Chester County Historical Society  (225 N High St) in West Chester.

 

Tours are about an hour long and will include the 21 sites found in the recent publication,

This early postcard shows the Mansion House  when it featured turrets and a wrap-around porch, both removed by the 1930s. In later years, the hotel was famous for its exotic birds and a monkey cage that stood in the foyer. Courtesy of William Supplee.
This early postcard shows the Mansion House when it featured turrets and a wrap-around porch, both removed by the 1930s. In later years, the hotel was famous for its exotic birds and a monkey cage that stood in the foyer. Courtesy of William Supplee.

Walking the East End, Part 11: A Historic African-American Community in West Chester, Pennsylvania. 

 

A book signing follows at 6:30 p.m. Catherine Quillman and  co-author, Sarah Wesley, will be on-hand to personalize your book.   The 125-page book includes a pull-out map and an extensive appendix listing early black residents and former slaves.

 

The public is welcome to come out, meet the authors, and be the first to own a signed copy of  Walking the East End, Part 11 (Hedgerow Press), the first comprehensive guide  to the borough’s historic African-American community.

 

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