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Christiana in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Christiana Riot

 
 
The Christiana Riot Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, February 24, 2008
1. The Christiana Riot Marker
Inscription. 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.
 
Erected 1998 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Location. 39° 56.177′ N, 76° 0.73′ W. Marker is in Christiana, Pennsylvania, in Lancaster County. Marker is on Lower Valley Road half a mile west of Orchard Buck Road, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Christiana PA 17509, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Christiana Riot Monument (approx. 1.6 miles away); William Chester Ruth (approx. 3.9 miles away); Great Minquas Path (approx. 3.9 miles away); William C. Sproul (approx. 4.5 miles away); Kinzer (approx. 5.4 miles away); Strasburg Rail Road
Old Farm near marker. image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, February 24, 2008
2. Old Farm near marker.
(approx. 8.5 miles away); Pittsburgh and Lake Erie No. 508 (approx. 8.5 miles away); Lehigh Valley No. 40 (approx. 8.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Christiana.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Gorsuch Tavern in Sparks, Maryland where the slave-owner assembled his forces.
 
Also see . . .
1. National Newspaper Reaction to the Christiana Resistance - Millersville University. (Submitted on February 24, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
2. The Christiana Riot - Behind the Marker. ExplorePAHistory.com (Submitted on July 19, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.) 
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,028 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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