The home of Abram Bryan and family, the small white house on Hancock Avenue, remains a symbol of inclusivity in Gettysburg.
One of a few African-Americans in Adams County in 1863, Bryan owned and worked his farm before fleeing Gettysburg prior to the battle. After the battle, Bryan returned to find his property ransacked and virtually destroyed. He sold his farm in 1868. He remained in Gettysburg and spent the rest of his life working at a nearby hotel.
The view from Abram Bryan’s front yard offered a striking contrast between 1863's freedom and inclusivity in Gettysburg and enslavement and division just over the hills to the south.
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