13 Museums and Cultural Landmarks That Showcase Black history in Philadelphia

Posted by The Philadelphia Inquirer on February 8, 2022

It’s no surprise that in one of America’s most historic cities, Black history is all around. From Underground Railroad stops to assembly landmarks from the Civil Rights movement, Black Americans’ fight for freedom and progress are as much a part of the framework of this city as the crack in the Liberty Bell.

Philadelphia is home to the country’s first Black African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME) church, an intact schoolhouse used by Black students and abolitionists in the 1850s, and museums highlighting the legacy of cultural figureheads like Paul Robeson and Marian Anderson.

Entire neighborhoods, historic attractions, and cultural institutions give Philadelphians the opportunity to learn about the significant contributions that Black people have made for generations. At each destination in this guide, you can recapture special moments in history, acknowledge the perseverance within the Black community, and celebrate a legacy of accomplishments that not only helped build this country but also an entire cultural identity.

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