A free community day commemorating the 1851 Christiana Resistance will been on Saturday, September 7 froM 10 am to 4 pm at Jim Landis Woodland Preserve on Zion Road north of Atglen.
The Christiana Resistance took place on September 11, 1851 and was the first recorded open resistance to the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850. According to the African American Registry, a group of blacks routed a band of slave catchers attempting to re-enslave escaped slaves. This incident happened at the home of William Parker an escaped slave. A slave owner from Maryland was killed in the incident and his son wounded.
The pictures above, courtesy of LancasterOnline, shows Darlene Colon, Chairwoman of the Christiana Historical Society in Civil War period clothes chatting with West Sadsbury Township Supervisor Frank Haas, Jim Groff, and Supervisor Barry Edwards.
According to LancasterOnline, the Lanchester Community Day commemorating the Resistance 162 years ago, “will include a re-enacted infantry skirmish between soldiers of the Union and Confederacy as well as an encampment by members of the Third U.S. Colored U.S. Infantry Regiment, a group of African American re-enactors.”
There will be train and hay wagon rides, children’s games, food, a tractor show and a horse shoe tournament.
Boy Scout Troop 20 will hold “cooking and camping skills” demonstrations and conduct a flag retirement ceremony.