The Christiana Riot

The Christiana Riot (HM3AM)

Location: Christiana, PA 17509 Lancaster County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 56.177', W 76° 0.73'

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The 1850 federal Fugitive Slave Act strengthened the position of slave-owners seeking to capture runaways. Pursuing four escaped slaves, Maryland farmer Edward Gorsuch arrived Sept. 11, 1851, at the Christiana home of William Parker, an African American who was giving them refuge. Neighbors gathered, fighting ensued, and Gorsuch was killed. This incident did much to polarize the national debate over the slavery issue.
HM NumberHM3AM
Year Placed1998
Placed ByPennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
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Date Added Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 5:55am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 413520 N 4421175
Decimal Degrees39.93628333, -76.01216667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 56.177', W 76° 0.73'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 56' 10.62" N, 76° 0' 43.80" W
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Area Code(s)610, 717
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 80-86 Lower Valley Rd, Christiana PA 17509, US
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