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The Lynching of Zachariah Walker: Death in a Pennsylvania Steel Town

September 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

110 years after the horrific murder of Zachariah Walker, Dr. Dennis B. Downey brings new insight to events that rocked a community.

On a warm August night in 1911, Zachariah Walker was lynched–burned alive–by an angry mob on the outskirts of Coatesville, a prosperous Pennsylvania steel town. At the time of his very public murder, Walker, an African American millworker, was under arrest for the shooting and killing of a respected local police officer. Investigated by the NAACP, the horrific incident garnered national and international attention. Despite this scrutiny, a conspiracy of silence shrouded the events, and the accused men and boys were found not guilty at trial.
Dr. Dennis Downey is an Emeritus Professor of History at Millersville University and co-editor (with Raymond M. Hyser) of the book “Coatesville and the Lynching of Zachariah Walker:: Death in a Pennsylvania Steel Town.”
Admission is Pay As You Wish. All proceeds benefit the development of future programming and the preservation of the History Center and its collections.
Presentation is via Zoom, and will be recorded and available for 7 days for all registered participants. We will email out a Zoom link the day of the presentation, and email a Youtube link to the recording within 48 hours.
This program is generously sponsored by The Haverford Trust Company.


Chester County History Center
225 N High St
West Chester, PA 19380-2691 US
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