Guide to African American Cultural and Historic Sites in Philadelphia

Source: Visit Philadelphia

Description: Just as U.S. history is African American history, Philadelphia history is African American history. The nation’s birthplace and first World Heritage City is home to the founding church of the African Methodist Episcopal denomination, the country’s first major museum devoted to Black American history, and the oldest daily newspaper serving the African American community. In September 2017, City Hall welcomed the city’s first statue representing an African American on public property: The Octavius V. Catto Memorial depicts the bravery of a staunch 19th-century civil rights advocate. This source features museums, landmarks, churches and other sites that present a rich history through a host of public programs, special exhibitions and educational opportunities for visitors of all ages.


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