John Harris was bound to mulberry tree on Front Street, to be burned alive by Natives, but saved by Frank “Hercules” in 1733
Frank remembered when the Indian smoked his pipe and when the forest covered what is now the site of Harrisburg. He used to say he had ‘turned many a furrow between the Canal and the bridge across the river.’
Harrisburg official proposes to rename city because John Harris owned slaves; Sell naming rights to highest bidder
Could the naming rights of Harrisburg be sold as an asset to the highest bidder?
Although John Harris, Jr. did own slaves, it was his father’s freed slave, Hercules, who historically began the free African American community of Harrisburg.