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Looking for Ways to celebrate Black History Month?

February is Black History Month. Here are a few ways you can celebrate near ECS’ Main Office in historic Society Hill.

Through the month of February, Episcopal Community Services is honoring the rich heritage and achievements of African Americans who helped shape our country and culture.

Black history facts and conversation starters are being shared among staff every day, highlighting the lives, struggles, and legacies that should be widely-known. We’re fortunate to be headquartered in Society Hill, near Philadelphia’s Old City district, where historical significance is found on every corner and cobblestone street. Close to our Main Office are a handful of museums and attractions with exhibits that honor Black history.

At the end of the workday, before the next board committee meeting, after participant programming or a volunteer activity, we encourage members of the ECS community to take advantage of these neighborhood attractions with the annual observance in mind.

Below are some of our recommendations.

African American Museum in Philadelphia
What:  The African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) is the first institution funded and built by a major municipality to preserve, interpret, and exhibit the heritage of African Americans. Throughout its evolution, the museum has objectively interpreted and presented the achievements and aspirations of African Americans from pre-colonial times to the current day.
Where: 701 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
When: Ongoing
Website: Click here

Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church
What: Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church was founded in 1794 by Bishop Richard Allen and sits on land that is the longest, continuously owned by African Americans. It is the oldest African Methodist Episcopal congregation in the nation.
Where: 419 S. 6th Street; Philadelphia, PA 19147
When: Ongoing
Website: Click here

Museum of the American Revolution
What: History After Hours: Liberty For All?
Who tells your story? Archaeologists lay out the groundwork for discovering how the roots of Philadelphia’s vibrant African American community found liberty in local sites. Learn about how unexpected stories can be unearthed from places like cemeteries, buildings, and maps.
Where: 101 S. 3rd Street; Philadelphia, PA 19106
When: February 19, 2019; 5-8pm
Website: Click here

National Constitution Center
What: Throughout February, the National Constitution Center will host a variety of programs in honor of African American History Month. Visitors can explore the museum’s The Story of We the People exhibit to discover key milestones in African American history and then test their knowledge at the Center’s giant game board activity. Visitors will learn about the history of the Emancipation Proclamation, the Civil War, and the background of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments.
Where: 525 Arch Street; Philadelphia, PA 19106
When: Ongoing
Website: Click here

The President’s House
What: The outdoor exhibits examine the paradox between slavery and freedom in the new nation. Presidents Washington and Adams—and their households—once lived and worked at a house on this spot. The house was demolished in 1832, but now videos share the stories of the enslaved who lived and worked here, while text panels shed light on everything from the slave trade to the work of the executive branch.
Where: 6th and Market Streets; Philadelphia, PA 19106
When: Daily
Website: Click here