Our Mission is to educate, empower and heal

the Philadelphia African American community

through the celebration of our history, culture and African values. 

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Join Us!

Now Accepting New Members

  • Expect a few weeks before we get back to you. 

If you...

  • Value, respect and have a passion for the African American experience and community.

  • Recognize that African American History is foundational to American History.

  • Take scholarship and connect it to the history of this space.

  • Are an active Docent or Tour Guide.

  • Are a Student of African American History.

  • Are a self-taught Individual with a passion for African American History.

If you enjoy . . .

  • Telling a good story.

  • Meeting new people and interacting with diverse audiences, age groups, and learning styles.

  • Participating in ongoing learning.

 

If you are interested in joining this dynamic, motivated group and providing an indispensable service to thousands, we welcome your application.

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BLACK PHILLY HISTORY SHORTS
 videos on the history they never told you

The Burning of Pennsylvania Hall
05:28
Black Panthers and Rizzo
03:08
Overview of White Mob Violence
04:05
The PTC Strike of 1944
02:29
Octavius Catto - Scholar and Activist
04:16
MOVE Bombing
04:51
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PROJECTS
Group and Individual Projects

EDEN BIOGRAPHIES
Surfacing the life stories of prominent Philadelphians buried at Eden  

Stephen Smith

Frances Ellen

Watkins Harper

Nathaniel DePee

MICHAEL'S STEPHEN SMITH RESEARCH
Ensuring preservation of our important figures and sites

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Docent Michael Clemmons worked with Professor Donna Rilling to successfully preserve the Smith-Whipper House.

JEWELL'S PHOTOS OF UGRR SITES
Winners in the National Park Services' First Network to Freedom Photo Contest

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John Dickenson Plantation

Dover, DE

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Appoquinimink Friends Meeting House

Odessa, DE

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Park Street Cemetary

Florence, MA

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RICHARD'S COMMUNITY EDUCATION 
Teaching our community about our incredible history

MICHIKO'S BLACK METROPOLIS MAP
 

Bringing historical resources to the Public

Black Businesses in 1838 Philadelphia

Docent Michiko Quinones worked with the Historical Society of Pennsylvania to digitize the 1838 Pennsylvania Abolition Society Census of the Free Black Community.  See the full exhibit.