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Slate Belt Heritage Center


The Slate Belt Heritage Center, Bangor, PA will give a glimpse into the African American experience in the Slate Belt in a new book and exhibit, starting April 30, 2022.

A small community of African Americans settled in the upper tier of Northampton County from 1880-1970. Their story is told in a book and exhibit available to the public beginning April 30th. You will discover why people left their old homelands and moved to a new place, how they dealt with challenges but kept their identity, what contributions they made to American life and how they were part of the waves of people who found a home in the Slate Belt.

The new book, The African American Experience in the Slate Belt, written by Jennie Dubin-Rodin, will be available for sale at the Center for $20.00. You can also enjoy refreshed exhibits that feature early Slate Belt History, from the Lenape to the European settlers who established villages like Flicksville, to the waves of 19th and 20th century European immigrants that found employment in the slate, textile and garment industries and built local municipalities. The new firefighting exhibit features antique apparatus from the Slate Belt’s golden industrial age.

The Slate Belt Heritage Center is located in the 1907 Town Hall building at 30 North First Street, Bangor, PA. Founded in 1999, the Center is a not-for-profit 501c3 that collects, preserves, interprets and makes public the history, ethnic traditions and industrial heritage of the area. SBHC is open Saturdays and Sundays, noon to 3 PM from April through October and Sundays, November through March, from noon to 3 PM. Tours and research time can be scheduled by appointment. Check our Facebook page  at Slatebeltheritagecenter-SBHC for program times, events and other news. Contact SBHC at 610-599-4993 or for further information.