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School Tour Guidelines

The Lawnside Historical Society, Inc., is pleased to have you join us for a tour of the Peter Mott House, a station on the Underground Railroad (UGRR) and the only such house owned by a free Black person in an African-American incorporated municipality in the northern United States. The following guidelines are necessary for a safe, quality tour.

General Rules

  1. The Peter Mott House can safely accommodate up to 40 students at one time.
  2. No food or beverages are allowed.

Age Levels

  1. The Peter Mott House has programming capability for students ages 8 to 18.
  2. Programming for younger pupils will need to be arranged separately.

Fees

$2 per student over age 5; $5 for adults.

Scheduling

Please call (856) 546-8850 to arrange a tour. One chaperone for every 10 students is required. A Tour Request Form must be completed and returned to the Lawnside Historical Society for processing. A written confirmation will be sent along with the name and contact number for your tour guide.

Academic Preparation

  1. Some pre-visit information will be mailed with your confirmation. However, students should have a basic understanding of the following terms and concepts prior to visiting the site:
Africa(n) captive enslavement slave system clandestine
oppression abolition freedom economics social justice
plantation indentured
servitude
Underground
Railroad
auction block The Fugitive
Slave Act(s)
William Still Harriet Tubman Richard Allen Mother Bethel
A.M.E Church
Civil War
Society
of Friends
Philadelphia
Vigilance
Committee
emancipation manumission  

  1. Suggested reading:

The Underground Railroad, by Charles Blockson
The Underground Railroad, by William Still
From Slavery to Freedom, by John Hope Franklin and Alfred A. Moss, Jr.

Funding for this activity is made possible, in part, by a grant
from the New Jersey Historical Commission


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