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.

A powerful editorial from Pottsville’s black community – 1940

In the summer of 1940, a new minister at Pottsville's Bethel AME Church sought to reach out to the Coal Region's white community for economic cooperation.

“Thoughts for Tomorrow” – Remembering the sacrifice of Schuylkill County’s Civil War soldiers

And a plea to consider what the Confederate battle flag meant to the local soldiers who fought and died in the Civil War.