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

The Christiana Riot

 
 
The Christiana Riot Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed 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.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RRAfrican AmericansGovernment & PoliticsNotable Events. In addition, it is included in the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission series list. A significant historical date for this entry is September 11, 1870.
 
Location. 39° 56.177′ N, 76° 0.73′ W. Marker is in Sadsbury Township, Pennsylvania, in Lancaster County. Marker is on Lower Valley Road, half a mile west of Orchard Buck Road, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 79 Lower Valley Rd, Christiana PA 17509, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other
Old Farm near marker. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Beverly Pfingsten, February 24, 2008
2. Old Farm near marker.
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markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. East Octoraro #1 Bridge (1910-2020) (approx. 1˝ miles away); Philadelphia & Columbia Railroad Bridge at Pine Creek, Circa 1830 (approx. 1.6 miles away); Christiana Riot Monument (approx. 1.6 miles away); Mercer’s Mill Covered Bridge (1880) (approx. 1.7 miles away); Atglen Borough Hall (approx. 2.2 miles away); Atglen (approx. 2.2 miles away); World War II (approx. 2.2 miles away); A Stream for Steam (approx. 3 miles away).
 
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 . . .  The Christiana Riot - Behind the Marker. ExplorePAHistory.com (Submitted on July 19, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 3, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 24, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,797 times since then and 129 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 24, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.

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Jul. 4, 2022