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African American History in Delaware County, Go Stand Upon the Rock – Escaping the Plantations of Virginia for the Promised Land of Pennsylvania

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African American History of Delaware County

Go Stand Upon the Rock,

Escaping the Plantations of Virginia for the Promised Land of Pennsylvania. 

Media’s own Samuel Michael Lemon in conversation with a special guest will be sharing stories from his family’s history; stories that date from the 1830s through today. From the Delco News Network Town Talk, in Sam’s own words, “This is a book I’ve wanted to write since high school. Telling the story of my ancestors is a debt that I owe them, because they’re an important part of me; what they endured enable me to have the kind of life and opportunities I enjoy today. It was one of the reasons I wanted to earn a doctorate first, so that I could provide the scholastic and historical research as the foundation for this book, to give it — and me as the author — greater authenticity. It’s not a documentary, and I had to create some characters, conversation and situations for the sake of continuity. But this is primarily a story based on real people and historical events.”

Top Photo – From Town Talk, “Sam Lemon, Ph.D., stands at the corner of Olive and Third Streets in Media by the Campbell AME Church which his ancestors helped establish. Across Olive Street stood the original home purchased in 1872 by his great-grandparents, Cornelius and Martha Jane Ridley. (Photo: Susan L. Serbin)”

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