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The Old Bethel A.M.E. Church in Reading, which is now the site of the Central Pennsylvania African American Museum was once a stop on the Underground Railroad, a series of locations that were neither a railroad nor underground. Started in Columbia, Pennsylvania in 1804, by Levy Coffin, the network ran from many points in the South through Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York State. Using railroad terminology to confuse slave hunters, conductors, leading the (passengers) to freedom, had the responsibility to get them from one safe house (station) to another until they reached Canada.