Challenging moments that teach and inspire in York County, Pa.
York County is full of momentous sites and memorable people. We believe their stories, sometimes not well known or well considered, must be told. These stories often tell of struggle and the lengthy journey toward resolution.
By calling attention to our historically critical places and diverse people, past and present, we hope to inspire reflection, dialogue and action.
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- DIY work in old York cemeteries, unsung memorials and weedy lotsSee a community need? Consider doing it yourself as YoKo and Robert Enomoto did in planting a community garden on a vacant lot near their home at South Penn Street and West College Avenue in York.
- Feuding over a baby’s death: When people can’t afford a gravediggerWhen Margaret Williams died – an infant from a poor family – no one was there at York’s potter’s field to dig her grave. A dispute erupted between the undertaker and the gravedigger.
- Florence Gipe viewed as ‘brilliant and strict with new ideas’Florence Gipe made a mark locally, moved to Maryland where she helped build nursing education nationally and returned to her home county to continue her contributions.
- York in 1786: A riot to reclaim Jacob Bixler’s cowAfter a series of arsons by York’s Black population reportedly in protest of a sentence of a Black woman, local authorities place restrictions on the travel of York’s Black population. The document shows how they communicated those restrictions.