Last week, I told you about the fun I had watching this marker be unveiled and dedicated. This week, we'll actually talk about what's on the marker, and the history which led to it.
|The marker is situated on the front|
lawn of Richard Moore's home at
401 South Main Street, Quakertown.
(Yes, you get to see it this week.)
(If you're not from eastern Pennsylvania, you probably mostly recognize the term from Quaker Oats, which features an image of a kindly elderly gentleman in a funny hat on the front of the packaging. Said gentleman is believed to be inspired by old woodcuts of Pennsylvania's founding father, William Penn, who was himself a Quaker. Quaker Oats and the Religious Society of Friends are not and never have been affiliated, but the oatmeal company chose the name because they wanted to be associated with values embraced by the Quakers, like integrity and honesty.)
|Richard Moore's house (with its shiny new|
marker) on the day of the marker dedication
|Street sign at the intersection near Richard|
|The Richard Moore house viewed from the|
The marker is an appropriate reminder of an era when men and women of conscience practiced civil disobedience to help fellow human beings. It reminds us of Richard Moore, a humanitarian who not only saw injustice but also found ways to combat it.
Sources and Further Reading:
Leight, Dr. Robert L. and Thomas Moll. Richard Moore and the Underground Railroad at Quakertown. Tohickon Publishing, Quakertown, 2019.
Program from the dedication ceremony of the Richard Moore historical marker. Published by the Quakertown Historical Society, September 14, 2019.
Author unspecified. "Commemorative Historical Marker Unveiled at Richland Quakers’ Richard and Sarah Moore’s Home." Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) of the Religious Society of Friends, September 16, 2019.
Asaris, Eric. "Underground Railroad hero to be honored with historical marker in Quakertown." WFMZ News, July 10, 2019.
Richard Moore's marker at the Historic Marker Database
The African-American Museum of Bucks County
Tour the Underground Railroad in Bucks County, including Richard Moore's house
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