Sunday, February 7, 2010
During one of America's darkest periods in its history, this local home provided light for many slaves on a journey to freedom. This home located in Germantown is the Johnson House.
This home was one of many stations in Philadelphia that served as a stop on the underground railroad.
Today, this home serves as a museum with a purpose to educate the people that walk through it doors about how a Quaker family risked their home and their wealth to aide in the freedom of slaves.
On a visit to the home, tour guides take visitors on a journey where the house tells its story. Among some of the places where visitors will go is the meeting place, where many of meeting took place among abolitionists including people like Harriet Tubman and William Still. Also, visitors are taken into the attic of the house where many runaway slaves were kept.
This house, gained a reputation by both freedom seekers and slave captors. Although no slaves were never caught inside this home, the Johnson House gained much attention as a home slave captors should keep an eye on.
At the time, holding a fugitive slave was against the law and carried major consequences. Despite the risks, the Johnson family still used their home as a another stop towards freedom.
By Bryant Maddrick and Lauren Herman, group 11, Germantown
Posted by bryant maddrick at 7:56 PM