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Underground railroad bus tour open to college

The Central Pennsylvania African American Museum (CPAAM) is holding its third annual Berks County Underground Railroad Bus Tour on September 26, 2010. The event is open to the Penn State Berks community. The bus will depart Penn State Berks from the parking lot behind the Franco Building, 'C' Lot, at 12 noon and will return at 5:00 p.m. Attendees should arrive by 11:30 a.m.

The purpose of the tour is to educate and remind everyone of the Underground Railroad stations in Berks County. These places played a very important role in assisting slaves escaping to freedom.

Sites to be visited this year include Joanna Furnace, Hay Creek; Hopewell Furnace, Elverson; Pine Forge; and the old Bethel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Reading, where CPAAM is currently located. Other sites that will be pointed out along the way include Scarlet Mills, White Bear, and Frisby AME Church, home of the oldest African American cemetery in Berks County.

The cost for tickets is $25/per person, $45/per couple, and $15 for students with ID. The ticket cost includes a boxed lunch. The deadline for reservations is September 10, 2010. For reservations or information, please contact CPAAM office at 610-371-8713 or 610-929-9907.
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