Join us for the first lecture of the 2019-2020 Old York Road Historical Society Lecture Series. In this presentation, OYRHS Board member, Jim Rubillo will examine the life and times of this remarkable man who has been called the “Quaker Comet.” Benjamin Lay, a small, fearless Quaker, conducted dramatic protests against slavery in the early days of Philadelphia. He confronted Philadelphia’s wealthy Quakers demanding that they free their slaves and boycott items produced by slave labor. Lay published a scathing book, printed by Benjamin Franklin, that attacked many prominent Quakers, who in turn had the Society formally disown him. Well after his lifetime, the Quakers eventually abolished slavery in their midst.
The lecture series is sponsored by a grant from the Jenkinstown Lyceum.