The aging veterans who were the first to arrive at the US Capitol in April 1861 pledged their loyalty to the Union once more as America entered World War I.
In two detailed letters, the teachers at the Pottsville Freedmen's School highlighted their educational efforts in Tennessee.
Fannie A. Couch wrote to Schuylkill County from Tennessee to provide updates about the Freedmen's School she was managing.
The teachers from the Pottsville Freedmen's Relief Association penned a letter home to Pennsylvania in March 1867.
Charles H. King, Jr. eloquently described his childhood in Pottsville in his book, "Fire in my Bones."
A newspaper clipping from March 1867 provided an update about the efforts of the Pottsville Freedmen's Relief Association teachers.
Frederick Douglass used his speech in Scranton to criticize Andrew Johnson, a racist president he viewed as a despot.
Frederick Douglass gave two speeches in Pottsville, Pennsylvania in October 1867.
Fannie Couch and Hannah Streeper prepared to leave Schuylkill County to teach black students in Tennessee in 1867.
In December 1866, a committee was formed in Pottsville that sought to fund and carry out education for former slaves in the war-torn South.