Providence Friends Meeting

Local historians believe renowned Delco-born abolitionist Thomas Garrett met here with legendary Underground Railroad Conductor, Harriet Tubman, on several occasions to share information.  Tubman, who guided scores of escaped slaves north from tidewater Maryland and Virginia, directed some of these ex-slaves along a route that ran east across Delaware County into Philadelphia.

Providence Friends Meeting dates to the 17th century. Historians established that many slaves were assisted by local Quakers and were harbored by members of the existing African American community at the nearby Honeycomb UAME Church (founded 1852).  Many freedom seekers stayed and raised families in Media, becoming some of its founding families.  Photo credit:  Facebook/Providence Friends Meeting

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Special thanks to Keith Lockhart, Bob Seeley, Bill McDevitt, Harold Finnegan, Tom Smith, Karen Micha, Kate Clifford, Susan Mescanti, Carol Fireng, Leslie Potter, and Laurie Grant for sharing their knowledge, documents, articles, maps and photos with Visit Delco, PA.  Laurie Grant, Executive Director of the Delaware County Historical Society invites those seeking more information to visit their website. “Since 1895 DCHS remains true to its mission of Collecting, Protecting, and Preserving Delco history and tradition,” Laurie notes, “we also have a Museum Gallery, Research Library and Children’s Education Center.”