A racist conspiracy theory found root in Schuylkill County in 1862

Some white residents of Schuylkill County believed former slaves were going replace them in the coal mines during the Civil War.

“Our work in the school room” – Letter from the Pottsville teachers in Tennessee – March 1867

The teachers from the Pottsville Freedmen's Relief Association penned a letter home to Pennsylvania in March 1867.