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BlackVoices History Quest, Black History In Your Backyard: Philadelphia Edition

First Posted: 02/ 2/2012 10:53 am   Updated: 02/ 2/2012 12:52 pm

We're kicking off our national BlackVoices History Quest tour in "The City of Brotherly Love," Philadelphia.

Probably best known for its hoagies, cheesesteaks and being the home of the Roots, Philadelphia is also home to a broad range of interesting and educational black history museums and events this month.

Check out some of the great places we found. You can also map out a family trip to all these places using the map below.

If we missed a place that you know and love, let us know in the comments, tweet it to us using the hashtag #BHMQuest or post it on our Facebook wall. We'll keep adding to this map and gallery as the month goes on.



African American Museum in Philadelphia
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Located just a few blocks from the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia's Center City East neighborhood, the African American Museum was established in 1976 as part of the city's bicentennial celebrations. It bears the distinction of being the first African-American heritage institution to be funded by a major city. The museum covers three main narratives: The African Diaspora, African-Americans in Philadelphia from 1776 to 1876 and contemporary African-American history and culture. The museum boasts thousands of historical objects, including photographs, furniture, clothing, art and documents, and high-tech interactive galleries that bring history to life. All ages are encouraged to visit, with a children's gallery geared toward 3 to 8-year-olds, youth education programs and plenty of offerings for adult visitors. The museum store features a selection of books, gifts and souvenirs.

During Black History Month in February 2012, the African American Museum partners with the Independence Seaport Museum at Penn's Landing on the Delaware River Waterfront for "James Forten on Display," a special exhibition devoted to the African-American businessman who ran a sail-making company in Philadelphia after the revolution; there will be a display at each museum.

-- Holly Quinn

Address: 701 Arch St., Philadelphia, PA 19106
Telephone: 215-574-0380
Hours Of Operation: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday; closed Monday and Tuesday.
Cost: $10 for adults; $8 for students, seniors and children 4 to 12.
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