African American Historical Markers in Philadelphia

African American Historical Markers in Philadelphia

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PhillyBite10Philadelphia, PA - Historical Markers capture the stories of people, places and events that shaped the country throughout the Historic Philadelphia Trail Guide and the entire city and state. The blue signs act as mini-history lessons about notables.

  • Free African Society (6th & Lombard Streets),
    an organization that fostered identity, leadership and unity among black people;
  • James Forten (336 Lombard Street), a wealthy sailmaker who employed multi-racial craftsmen and championed reform causes;
  • London Coffee House (Front & Market Streets), a circa 1754 shop where carriages, food, horses—and enslaved African-Americans—were bought and sold over coffee;
  • Joseph and Amy Cassey (4th Street between Chestnut & Market Streets), a prominent African-American couple that founded intellectual and benevolent societies for black people;
  • Pennsylvania Abolition Society (Front Street between Walnut & Chestnut Streets), the first American abolition society; Pennsylvania Hall (6th Street between Race & Arch Streets), a meeting place for abolitionists that was burned to the ground three days after it first opened; and
  • Philadelphia Female Anti-Slavery Society (5th & Arch Streets), organized by Quaker abolitionist Lucretia Mott. Of special note is a marker located in the heart of a neighborhood once known as the Seventh Ward, home to Philadelphia’s largest and oldest African-American community. Here, scholar, activist and NAACP co-founder
  • W. E. B. Du Bois lived while collecting data for his seminal 1899 study, The Philadelphia Negro (6th & Rodman Streets). pahistoricalmarkers.com

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