Underground Railroad Research Group Report to the Providence Friends Meeting Community

Worship and Ministry

On June 10, 2018, the Providence Research Group, comprised of six members of the meeting community, shared the results of research done about the Underground Railroad and Providence Meeting in the summer of 2017. As the community renovated our childcare room which was originally a schoolhouse built in 1809 we were reminded that schoolhouse had something special, a stone enclosed room roughly seven feet by seven feet under a hatch in the floor. The presentation was led by Dr. Sam Lemon, Ed.D. a long time Providence member. Sam has authored two books, Go Stand Upon the Rock and  The Case That Shocked The Country. On June 16th, 2017 two Providence members joined in the graveyard on a clearing in the center of the Providence burial ground. One, using her spiritual gifts felt the presence of former slaves reaching out and asking for help to make their stories known. The two members then reached out to Dr. Lemon. The next six weeks was a transforming experience that changed the members of the research group for life. Read More.