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Holly DiMicco Olson ’78 Leads Charge to Remember ‘Forgotten Slaves’

Holly Olson ’78, along with Brenda Cowan and Roger Brown, are interviewed by NBC 10 during the memorial service to honor enslaved people at Middletown Friends Meeting in Langhorne, Pennsylvania.

Holly DiMicco Olson ’78 recently helped to organize a memorial service to honor enslaved people at Middletown Friends Meeting in Langhorne, Pennsylvania.

The community gathered Saturday, October 6 at the Middletown meetinghouse for a memorial service honoring an unknown number of “forgotten slaves” buried on the property in unmarked graves.

In addition to the ceremony, the group also helped organize memorial plaques so that others could learn about the town’s history. The plaques are located on the Meetinghouse property.

“This Memorial Service was very important; it was important for Middletown Friends to take their part in acknowledging the history of the meeting and pay long overdue respect to these fine people,” said Holly. “Every land owner in Bucks County, Quaker or not, owned slaves. They were a labor force and the farms couldn’t function without them. It is part of our past and these fine people deserve to be recognized.”

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