Feb 25 Joe Becton as Samuel D Burris, Underground Railroad Conductor

Joseph Becton in “Samuel D. Burris Speaks” at Huntingdon Valley Library

Burris Flyer The Huntingdon Valley Library proudly presents Pennsylvania Humanities Council Speaker Joseph Becton in “Samuel D. Burris Speaks” at the Library on Wednesday, February 25 at 7 pm in the 2nd Floor Community Room.

This performance is family-friendly, free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. We recommend that you RSVP at the Library, by phone (215-947-5138) or by email at hvldirector@mclinc.org.

Meet a conductor of the Underground Railroad! In this educational and interpretive program, presenter Joseph Becton appears in 19th century garb as Samuel D. Burris, a free African American who helped many escape slavery through the Underground Railroad. Using first person narration, Burris discusses the origins of the Underground Railroad and Philadelphia’s key role in its development. Burris also shares his life story and adventures with the audience, including his decision to migrate to California.

Joseph Becton is the co-founder of the 3rd Regiment United States Colored Troops Civil War reenactors and the 1st Rhode Island Regiment Revolutionary War reenactors. He developed a series of black history moments for WBOP radio in Pensacola, Florida. He also hosted “Champions of Freedom,” a segment of the Veteran’s Hour on Philadelphia’s WDAS radio A.M. Becton also researched, developed and implemented a national “network to freedom” award-winning, Underground Railroad tour for Philadelphia. From 2009-11, Becton chaired the planning committee that developed and managed the United States Colored Troops weekends with events at Historic Fort Mifflin and exhibits across Philadelphia.

This presentation is a program of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council supported in part by National Endowment for the Humanities. The Pennsylvania Humanities Council, a nonprofit organization, inspires individuals to enjoy and share a life of learning. In addition to the Commonwealth Speakers program, PHC supports other humanities projects like grants, book discussion programs and special media projects, such as Humanities on the Road, which is broadcast to 3.3 million households across Pennsylvania.

More information about this program, the library and other upcoming programs can be found at www.hvlibrary.org.


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