Welcome to Philadelphia!
We have several activities planned which include the Welcome Reception and Closing Reception Dance Party, sponsored panels, and a walking tour of Black Philadelphia entitled The Black Journey, as well as an exhibition booth highlighting our financial supporters from Penn State University, Rutgers University, Coherent Digital, and the African Feminist Initiative.
The Black Journey
Please join us on this exciting walking tour, Saturday, November 19 at 10:00am or 2:00pm.
Sign up for either time slot using the links below. Please be sure to select the $25 group discount rate when signing up.
In addition to our walking tour, we strongly suggest taking advantage of these other historical and cultural sites:
Where: Washington Square, 210 W. Washington Square
On of city planner’s William Penn’s five original parks, which was once known as Congo Square, where free and enslaved Africans gathered during holidays and fairs to celebrate traditions of their homelands.
The President’s House
Where: The President’s House, 530 Market Street
At The President’s House: Freedom and Slavery in the Making of a New Nation, visitors view the structural fragments of the residence of Presidents Washington and Adams. This is the site where the country’s first president enslaved nine Africans, including Oney “Ona” Judge, who escaped to freedom, despite Washington’s efforts to capture her. The free open-air Independence National Historical Park site, on the same block as The Liberty Bell Center, invites visitors to learn about the events that transpired through illustrated glass panels and video reenactments, and then partake in silent reflection.
The African American Museum in Philadelphia
Where: The African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street
The African American Museum in Philadelphia, founded in 1976, is the first institution built by a major U.S. city to preserve, interpret and exhibit the heritage and culture of African Americans. The museum takes a fresh and bold look at the stories of African Americans and their role in the founding of the nation through the core exhibit, Audacious Freedom. Other exhibitions and programs reveal the history, stories and cultures of those of African descent throughout the African diaspora. The museum is open for timed visits Thursday through Sunday.
Enjoy your time in Philadelphia! It’s truly one of the crossroad cities where Africa and America meet.