Gettysburg continues journey through time with new Black History Trail

19 June 2024- The diverse people, places and stories that make up the tapestry of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania will be celebrated with the new Gettysburg Black History Trail, launching June 26.

Eleven locations on the self-guided trail paint a picture of Gettysburg’s Black heritage. From museums and historic downtown sites to the hallowed ground of the battlefield, each stop on the trail illustrates a chapter in the storied past of Gettysburg’s Black community.

“To highlight this overlooked history is such a wonderful experience for the many visitors that travel to Gettysburg each year,” said Jean Green, president of the Lincoln Cemetery Project Association, one of the partners who helped shape the trail. “They will be amazed at the rich Black history that is now highlighted for them through the Black History Trail.”

Guided by a digital trail on their mobile devices, users will be able to walk in the footsteps of local historical figures. Basil Biggs, Abraham Brian, Jack and Julia Hopkins, Margaret Palm and Thaddeus Stevens are among the legacies honored in this collaborative community effort.

The Gettysburg Black History Trail locations are: 

  • Abraham Brian Farm, Hancock Avenue, Gettysburg National Military Park
  • Gettysburg Beyond the Battle Museum, 625 Biglerville Road
  • Gettysburg Lincoln Railroad Station: Ticket to the Past – Unforgettable Journeys, 35 Carlisle St.
  • Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center, 1195 Baltimore Pike
  • Gettysburg National Cemetery, 97 Taneytown Road, Gettysburg National Military Park
  • The Jack & Julia Hopkins House, 219 South Washington St.
  • Lincoln Cemetery, intersection of Lincoln and Long lanes
  • Seminary Ridge Museum and Education Center, 111 Seminary Ridge
  • St. Paul AME Zion Church, 269 South Washington St.
  • Thad’s Place: Home of the Thaddeus Stevens Museum, 46 Chambersburg St.,
  • James Warfield House, Millerstown Road and West Confederate Avenue, Gettysburg National Military Park

The Gettysburg Black History Trail is the result of a partnership among Adams County Historical Society, Destination Gettysburg, Gettysburg Black History Museum, Gettysburg Foundation, Gettysburg National Military Park, Lincoln Cemetery Project Association, Seminary Ridge Historic Preservation Foundation, and Thaddeus Stevens Society.

“We are pleased to partner with so many community organizations to bring to life this great educational initiative,” said Wayne E. Motts, president emeritus and historian of the Gettysburg Foundation. “After years of work and thought by many individuals and groups, the Gettysburg Black History Trail will be available for visitors around the world to experience on a digital platform.”

The trail guide will be hosted on Destination Gettysburg’s digital platform alongside its Pour Tour and Crop Hop trails. Users can sign up for their free digital passport starting June 26 at BlackHistoryTrail.com.

“The epic battle that took place here represented a fight for freedom,” Destination Gettysburg President and CEO Karl Pietrzak said. “The experiences and contributions of the Black community are an integral part of Gettysburg’s story, and our hope is that the Gettysburg Black History Trail amplifies that message.”