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Abolition: Pennsylvania’s Fight Against Slavery

Historic images of figures from Pennsylvania's history of opposing slavery.

From the Quaker principles of its early settlers to the Free African Society and the fiery activism of John Brown, the movement to abolish slavery took root in Pennsylvania. Amidst heated debates and societal unrest, many Pennsylvanians opposed slavery and stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the enslaved in their quest for freedom. This is the story of Pennsylvania’s 200-year-long struggle for emancipation.

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