LAKE REGION - Wallenpaupack Historical Society will honor Black History Month on Wednesday, February 7 at 1 p.m. at the Environmental Learning Center on Route 6 near Hawley with a program by Pennsylvania author and historian Jim Remsen.
He will discuss his latest work of historical non-fiction entitled Embattled Freedom, which describes the true story of enslaved African-Americans traveling the underground railroad to Waverly, Pennsylvania in Lackawanna County.
Once arrived in Waverly, the formerly enslaved were set up with land and jobs before a number of the men enlisted to fight against the Confederacy in the Civil War. Author Jim Remsen’s Embattled Freedom describes how the black men of Waverly greatly impressed fellow Union soldiers with their battlefield valor, and how after the war, racial restrictions were present even in benevolent Waverly.
Remsen is an author of historical fiction and non-fiction, and former editor of religion for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Wallenpaupack Historical Society promotes and preserves the history of the Wallenpaupack region for present and future generations.