Geistown Makes History

By Danielle Krout

Published 06/13 2014 05:57PM

Updated 06/13 2014 06:05PM

GEISTOWN, CAMBRIA COUNTY--- Historians uncover a part of the Underground Railroad that ran through Geistown, and it all started with a book.

"The book we selected for the kids to read was on underground railroad because it was connected to PA history,” said Barbara Zaborowski, Dean of Learning Resources at Penn Highlands Community College.  “I thought, I wonder was there was any activity in this area."

And that’s what started Zaborowski’s journey into the anti-slavery movement more than six years ago.  After a lot of time and research she found part of the Underground Railroad ran right through Geistown Borough.

"There was a lot of activity here in Central PA,” said Zaborowski,  “To have an incident like this occur here in Geistown and to have a man like William Slick who we found actually helped a lot of slaves escape to freedom."

Zaborowski said Slick was a longtime Justice of the Peace, a farmer and he was also apart of the Underground Railroad.  He helped two brothers Patrick and Abraham escape from slavery. 

"It's a good story it took us a long time to get documentation for museum commission to find an appropriate spot for the marker," said Zaborowski.

The marker is being unveiled Saturday at 10:00 in Geistown in front of the Harmony House.

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