Enslaved, Freedom Seeking and Free

Mowday kicks off Kennett Square Underground Railroad/Hadley speaker series

October 29, 2018

            DOWNINGTOWN _ The Kennett Square Underground Railroad and Hadley Fund features author Bruce Mowday in the first presentation of its series: Enslaved, Freedom Seeking and Free. 

            “I’m honored to be part of this prestigious lecture series and especially pleased that I will be able to talk about J. Howard Wert and my new book on his historic artifacts,” Mowday said. “This will be a special afternoon as Craig Caba, my co-author and curator of the J. Howard Wert collection, will take part. He will bring items from the collection related to slavery.”

Mowday’s talk begins at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 3 at the auditorium of Kendal at Longwood. The event is free and open to the public.  Reservations are requested. For information see www.kennettundergroundrr.org.

Mowday and Caba authored the book J. Howard Wert’s Gettysburg, released by Schiffer Books of Atglen. Books will be available for sale at the talk. Mowday will also have copies of some of his other books on history, true crime, business and sports.

“Wert also had a strong connection to Kennett Square as items from Bayard Taylor and Taylor’s brother, who was killed at Gettysburg, are in the collection,” Mowday said.

Mowday will begin his series of talks and signings for the month on Thursday, November 1 at the Tel Hai Merchant Faire from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

On November 8 at 7:00 p.m. Mowday will give a talk on his book Jailing the Johnston Gang: Bringing Serial Murderers to Justice in connection with the Parkesburg Library. The event will take place at the Highland township building, 100 Five Points Road, Coatesville.

The book and Mowday were featured this summer on the ReelZ television. “The Johnston book has been featured on several television shows and recently on a podcast where FBI agent David Richter was interviewed,” Mowday said. “This is a sad part of Chester County history. The book highlights the dedicated law enforcement officials that brought the Johnston gang to justice.”

Mowday also has signings and talks on November 17 at 3:00 p.m. at the Jennie Wade house in Gettysburg; November 28 at the West Chester Sunrise rotary at 7:00 a.m. on J. Howard Wert; and a signing at the Westtown Winter Festival at the Oakbourne Mansion on December 9 from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

He’ll be at Exton Barnes & Noble on December 15 and December 22 from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and on December 24 from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  On December 20 Mowday will give a talk to a group of retired workers from Lockheed Company in Norristown.