Pottsgrove Manor welcomes associate professor of history tonya thames taylor, PhD., of West Chester University for her lecture, “Shaping Democracy: How Blacks Transformed the American Narrative.” The lecture will take place on February 22 at 1 p.m. at Pottsgrove Manor.


When John Potts died in 1768, a probate inventory named the 13 enslaved people who lived at Pottsgrove Manor. The lives of these ten men and three women are not always included in the historical record, making their stories difficult to piece together. Learn more about the lives of enslaved people in Pennsylvania when thames, a Mississippi native and granddaughter of former sharecroppers, discusses the influence of Black Americans on our history. She is the founding director of the African American Studies Program and a member of the Executive Committee of the Frederick Douglass Institute at West Chester University.


This lecture is a suggested $2 donation per person. Tours of the Potts family manor house will be available after the lecture, and the Museum Shop will be open, full of unique and historical gifts.


Pottsgrove Manor is located at 100 West King Street near the intersection of King Street and Route 100, just off Route 422 near the Carousel at Pottsgrove and Manatawny Green Miniature Golf Course, in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. Pottsgrove Manor is operated by the Montgomery County Division of Parks, Trails, and Historic Sites. 


  • Occurred Saturday, February 22nd, 2020 @ 1:00 pm


Ann Shipley

100 West King Street
Pottstown, PA 19464
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