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It’s A Book Signing (actually for two books!)

Announcing the publication of two walking tour booklets featuring historic African-American and Civil War era sites in West Chester, Pa.

Local author and historian Catherine Quillman completed the histories with the help of grants from the Leeway Foundation and research by co-author Sarah Wesley, who grew up in the “East End,” West Chester’s historic African-American community.
A book signing is planned for Wednesday evening, October 1st , from 7 p.m. to 9 pm. at the Chester County Book Co. , at 967 Paoli Pike West Chester, PA 19380. (chestercountybooks.com.)

The authors will be signing copies of newly released history, Walking the “Uptown” of West Chester, Pa. They will also be signing the new expanded second edition of Walking the East End: the historic African-American community of West Chester, Pa.

The new edition is designed to be a scholarly resource (and walking tour) and features a new appendix  and  special section documenting the lives of former slaves and free black residents in 19th century West Chester and their activities before and during the Civil War. 

The unusual stories of free black men like Abraham D. Shadd, whose image is found on a commemorative stamp in Ontario, Canada, are also featured.   Shadd was one of three black “agents” involved in West Chester’s Underground Railroad. He was also a mentor to  the sole black survivor of the famous Harper’s Ferry raid who went onto help publicize John Brown’s actions in the book,  A Voice from Harper’s Ferry.

Walking the Uptown  is illustrated with numerous old postcards and photographs, many of them offering a rare glimpse into the lives of early black entrepreneurs.

The authors will be happy to personalize your copy. Be the first to own these limited-edition booklets.  Each book features a pull-out map that can be used as walking tour guide.

One of two recent publications completed with the help of the Leeway Foundation
One of two recent publications completed with the help of the Leeway Foundation