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Philadelphia Celebrates Black History Month

February 16, 2017

As the birthplace of our nation, Philadelphia’s African-American historical roots run deep. Black History Month is the perfect time to learn about the influential role African-American culture played in shaping Philadelphia.

A number of special events for Black History Month are hosted by Philadelphia’s museums, attractions and venues.

(1) The National Constitution Center presents a slew of special programs about the lives of African-Americans leaders and the history of the Emancipation Proclamation.  Exhibits include rarely seen artifacts — including items from President Obama’s inauguration.

(2) The Liberty Bell Center: videos and interactive displays that illustrate the connection between the Liberty Bell and African-American history. Beginning in the late 1800s, the Liberty Bell traveled around the country to help heal the divisions of the Civil War.

(3) At The President’s House, visitors see fragments of the home where Presidents Washington and Adams lived and where Washington housed enslaved Africans. The open-air Independence National Historical Park site, steps from The Liberty Bell Center, invites people to learn about the events that transpired.

(4) At the Independence Seaport Museum, Tides of Freedom: African Presence on the Delaware River uses the city’s eastern river to uncover the African experience in Philadelphia, including enslavement, emancipation, Jim Crow and Civil Rights.

(5) Founded by Bishop Richard, Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church sits on the oldest parcel of land continuously owned by African-Americans, and is the “Mother” church of the nation’s first black denomination. Today, Mother Bethel comprises three institutions under one roof: church, museum and archive.

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