George Nagle is a lifelong resident of the City of Harrisburg. Since 1997 he has maintained and edited the Afrolumens Project website, an Internet-based resource for educators, researchers, and students of Pennsylvania African American history. His research on local African American and Underground Railroad history has been used and credited by the authors of several recently published books, including African Americans of Harrisburg (Arcadia, 2005) by John Weldon Scott and Eric Ledell Smith, Biography of an Anti-Slavery City (PublishAmerica, 2007) by Todd Mealy, and Bound for Canaan (Harper Collins Amistad, 2005) by Fergus M. Bordewich. He has been regularly invited to speak about local history and African American history by various state and local historical and cultural groups, including the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (2000 Black History Conference), Central Pennsylvania Consortium at Dickinson College (2003 Underground Railroad Conference), Temple University (2004 Underground Railroad Conference), Pennsylvania Humanities Council (2004 Freedom Conference at Fort Hunter) and Hershey Theatre (2007 Civil Rights Panel Discussion). He has contributed articles about local Civil War and Underground Railroad history to the journal of the Camp Curtin Historical Society and Civil War Round Table.
A 1992 graduate of Pennsylvania State University, majoring in American Studies, he continues to live in Harrisburg with his family, and is employed with the Harrisburg School District.
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The Year of Jubilee
By George Nagle
Published: August 16, 2010.
In June 1863, the African American community of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania watched as Confederate soldiers invaded the free soil of their state and threatened the freedom that they had fought so hard and so long to establish. Although faced with certain death or enslavement if they were captured, the community stood fast, and heroically came to the defense of the Keystone State in an hour of crisis.
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