The New Brighton Historical Society is embarking on a new fundraising campaign to celebrate New Brighton’s involvement in the Underground Railroad Movement. New Brighton is one of a few towns in the country that has five existing houses and a church that were affiliated with the anti-slavery movement. In order to preserve the legacy of these historic places and to educate future generations on this pivotal piece of history in in New Brighton, the New Brighton Historical Society would like to place permanent markers at the sites, which have already been designated as historic landmarks by the Beaver County Landmarks and Research Foundation.
A walking tour of the Underground Railroad sites in town was developed by the New Brighton Historical Society several years ago. This popular tour has been used as a program for local organizations and school field trips. The National Park Service's Network to Freedom program is planning to add this walking tour to their list of historic sites to visit. Proper markers are needed to designate these buildings and to enhance the experience of the tourists.
The Historical Society estimates the project to cost approximately $8,000.00, but can only completed with support and generous donations from members of the community and program supporters. No donation is too small. A prompt consideration and gift would enable the markers to be installed and ready for our 2019 spring Underground Walking Tour.
The New Brighton Historical Society would like to thank you for your time and generosity.