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Our Guide Of Things To Do In Philly to Celebrate Black History Month!

Our Guide Of Things To Do In Philly to Celebrate Black History Month!

Our Guide Of Things To Do In Philly to Celebrate Black History Month!

We’re officially in February which means it’s time to explore Philly’s rich history when it comes to Black History.  Luckily for us it’s a leap year so we get an extra day to take in the sights and sounds of awesome events and places.  To help you navigate, we put together a list of things to do in Philly to celebrate Black History Month.  Check it out!

Special Events

 

Black History Month Poetry Slam Series

Feb. 4th | Wynnfield Libraryopen mic

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Feb. 5th | Lucien E. Blackwell Regional Library Black History Month Bingo

 

Black History Family Game Night

Feb. 5th | Lillian Marrero Library

 

African American History Month Film Series “Hidden Figures”

Feb. 5th | Northeast Regional Library

 

Film Screening and Director’s Talk | Invisible Warriors: African American Women in World War II

Feb. 8th | Lucien E. Blackwell Regional Library

Film Screening and Director's Talk | Invisible Warriors: African American Women in World War II

 

History After Hours: Black History Untold

Feb. 11th |  The Museum of the American Revolution

 

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Feb. 12th | Rhoden Arts CenterCOLLECTING AFRICAN AMERICAN ART

 

The Motown Review: Songwriting Night

Feb. 13th | Independence Library

 

The Philly Pops Aretha: Respect

Feb. 14th | The Kimmel Center

 

Black History Month Matinee Series | Black Panther

Feb. 15th | South Philly Library

AFRICAN AND DIASPORIC CULTURES CELEBRATION

Feb. 15th | Penn MuseumAFRICAN AND DIASPORIC CULTURES CELEBRATION

 

National Jazz Festival

Feb. 15th |  Pennsylvania Convention Center

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AFRICA GALLERIES TOUR

Feb. 16th | Penn Museum

AFRICA GALLERIES TOUR

 

Black History Month Scavenger Hunt

Feb. 19th | Lucien E. Blackwell Regional Library

Black History Month Scavenger Hunt

 

Voices of Hope: A Black History Month Celebration

Feb. 20th | The Mann Center

 

Points of Interests

 

AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH 2020

Feb. 1-29th | The Museum of American Revolutionafrican american history

 

Cliveden

6401 Germantown Ave.

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In what has been documented in the history books as one of the bloodiest fighting during the American Revolutionary War, The Cliveden Carriage House is crawling with history.  Visitors here will be able to experience what life was like at this plantation and in Philadelphia in general during America’s earliest years as well as little known facts and history from the slaves and free African Americans who lived here.

The Painted Bride

230 Vine St.

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For over 20 years the Painted Bride has been a cornerstone for local arts and culture.  So what better place to experience the beauty of the African American cultures and contribution to the world of the arts than at the Painted Bride.  This month The Painted Bride is hosting the “Soul Inspiration” exhibit. Soul Inspiration is a visual art exhibition to honor six African American figures who inspired a generation of human and civil rights workers in Philadelphia, and the nation: William Still, James Forten, Richard Allen, Cecil B. Moore, Rev. Leon Sullivan and Paul L Robeson. To keep the spirit and history of these influential men alive six local visual artists will be invited to participate in this exhibition to deliver a commentary about one of these historical figure

 

Belmont Mansion And Underground Railroad Museum

2000 Belmont Mansion Dr

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There are several overlooked gems in Philadelphia and this is a shining example of one.  A local place that was vital along the Underground Railroad this place is a must to visit. Experience 18th and 19th century history through the events and lives of people associated with Belmont Mansion in Fairmount Park in Philadelphia, PA. Our house museum is dedicated to colonial history and the 19th century network of people and places known as the “underground railroad.” Built in the early eighteenth century, the Mansion is one of the finest examples of Palladian architecture in the United States. The Belmont Mansion property became part of Fairmount Park in 1869, and is now an underground railroad museum open to the public for tours.

 

African American Museum

701 Arch St.

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What better place to kick-off your Black History Month celebrations than at the African American Museum.  Among the sites to check out is Audacious Freedom: African Americans in Philadelphia 1776-1876, which is on permanent display.  This month several other exhibits are also being shown including Shan Theodore’s “Church of broken pieces, Dawoud Bey’s “Harlem, USA,” and “Waging Peace: 100 Years of Action.”

 

Freedom Theatre

1346 North Broad St. 

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This Philadelphia landmark is actually Pennsylvania’s oldest African-American theatre. Built in 1853 by actor Edwin Forrest this monument went through a variety of changes before becoming the renowned African American art institution it is today.  Some of the most famed musicians and actors have traveled through these hollowed walls including Denzel Washington, James Baldwin, and Wanya Morris of Boyz II Men.  Aside from classes the Freedom Theatre also presents live shows.

 

The Johnson House

6306 Germantown Ave.

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Photo Cred: Pew Center For Arts & Heritage

Built in 1768 The Johnson House is the oldest existing year-round homes in Germantown.  It’s living proof that the Underground Railroad passed right through Philadelphia. Samuel and Jennet Johnson promoted their anti-slavery beliefs by offering their home as a station on the Underground Railroad. They provided sanctuary, food, clothing, and transportation to untold numbers of African freedom seekers. Tradition holds that prominent abolitionists William Still and Harriet Tubman visited the Johnson House.  Now you can see first hand just how significant this home was in Black History.

Mother Bethel A.M.E Church

419 South 6th St. 

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Photo Cred: usslave.blogspot.com

Step into history while visiting one of America’s first Black churches which was founded in 1794 by Richard Allen and dedicated by Bishop Francis Asbury that same year. ‘By 1795, Bethel’s congregation numbered 121 and ten years later it was up to 457. In 1799, Allen was ordained to the office of deacon, making him the first ordained Black person in the MEC. Also in 1795, the Pennsylvania Abolitionist Society appealed for Richard Allen’s support to assist thirty runaway Jamaican slaves. He provided the church as a place of refuge and aided in the training and integration of the runaways into the black community. The first church continued to provide shelter for runaway slaves.

 

The Library Company of Philadelphia

1314 Locust

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Photo Cred: Pew Center For Arts & Heritage

Open to the public free of charge, the Library Company houses an extensive collection of rare books, manuscripts, broadsides, ephemera, prints, photographs, and works of art.  Founded in 1731 by Benjamin Franklin, the Library Company is America’s oldest cultural institution and served as the Library of Congress from the Revolutionary War to 1800.  The Library Company was the largest public library in America until the Civil War.  Among the multitude of books here you’ll find  13,000-piece Afro-American Collection, which includes documents and books about slavery and abolitionism, Frederick Douglass’ narratives, portraits of African-American leaders and other artifacts.

 

National Constitution Center

525 Arch St.

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Normally we try to avoid sending visitors to tourist traps but this one had to be included.  This month the National Constitution Center is celebrating Black History Month in a variety of ways.  You’ll get the historical lessons without the traditional museum feel with NCC’s interactive displays and awesome visual effects. This month at the National Constitution Center, experience a variety of programs in honor of African American History Month. Explore the Museum’s The Story of We the People exhibit to discover key milestones in African-American history. During daily interactive programs, visitors can learn about the lives of African-American leaders, the history behind the Emancipation Proclamation, and more.

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