Charles Townsend | Underground Railroad
On episode 11 of the Little Beaver Historical Society Podcast, we talk with Beaver County historian Charles Townsend about his family’s early abolitionist activism and the Underground Railroad in Beaver County.
This episode was recorded March 23, 2019 in New Brighton, Pa. Host: Dave Holoweiko. Guest: Charles Townsend. Audiography: Kevin Farkas. Music (available on SoundCloud.com): Rasic (“Isle of Flowers”), Thousand Words (“Acoustic Sun”).Other sounds (available on Youtube): Amherstburg Freedom Museum (“The Underground Railroad: Next Stop Freedom EN”), Willie D Live (“Man Sings With His Grandmother and Shuts It Down!”). Other sounds (available at Bensound.com): Memories. ©Little Beaver Historical Society Podcast/The Social Voice Project, Inc. All rights reserved.
Charles is a descendant of the prominent Townsend family, who arrived in Beaver County in the early 1800s, establishing some of the county’s first and largest industries and businesses. The Townsends were Quakers, and Charles’ great-great grandfather Milo Townsend and other family members were fierce abolitionists as early as the 1830s. Along with others in the area who vowed to end slavery, acted as “conductors” of the region’s Underground Railroad, helping countless fugitive slaves find safe passage and freedom in Canada.
Charles is a board member of the Beaver County History and Landmarks Foundation and the Little Beaver Historical Society.
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