The Chester County courthouse was the site of a meeting of the Union League, the Republican organization that dominated Reconstruction politics in the county, uniting African-Americans and a few whites in support of the Union and congressional Reconstruction. Dr. W.D. Knox of Chester reported in his diary on November 30, 1869, "Received a letter, paper and photograph tonight from father. The photograph is of the courthouse and front yard as it appeared during a meeting of the Union League of the county when they were addressed by several Negroes and Edward Livingston, a black-hearted white man."
Courtesy of the Winthrop University Archives.