February is African American History Month. Here’s where to take part in the celebration of African American history, culture and heritage in the Philadelphia area.
African American History Month: An Afternoon With Benjamin Banneker
84 S Pine St
Feb. 6, 1 – 2:30 p.m.
The remarkable life of Benjamin Banneker – surveyor, mathematician, astronomer and farmer – is the subject of this year’s African-American History Month program at the Mercer Museum. Light refreshments and conversation will conclude the program, presented in collaboration with the African-American Museum of Bucks County. Included with museum admission.
African American History Month at the Free Library
Various branches throughout Philadelphia
The Free Library of Philadelphia will celebrate African American History Month throughout the month of February with programming in many of its neighborhood libraries, including craft and music workshops, film screenings, and other events. For a complete listing of upcoming events, visit freelibrary.org/blackhistorymonth.
African American History Month
National Constitution Center
525 Arch St
Visitors to the National Constitution Center in February can experience a variety of programs in honor of African American History Month. Explore the Museum’s The Story of We the People exhibition to discover key milestones in African-American history. During daily interactive programs, visitors can learn about the lives of African-American leaders, the history behind the Emancipation Proclamation, and more. For a complete listing of upcoming events, visit the National Constitution Center’s website for more information.
African American History Month Tours
African American Iconic Images Collection Trolley Tours
Departing from African American Museum of Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street
Dates: Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016, 1 – 3 p.m.
In observance of African American History Month, the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program is partnering with the African American Museum of Philadelphia to offer a special mural trolley tour of the Albert M. Greenfield African American Iconic Images Collection. This rich collection of images gives a visual autobiography of Philadelphia and of iconic African American figures of the past and present. Tours will be led by experienced guides who will discuss each mural, the artists, and the mural-making process.
Tours will begin and end at the African American Museum of Philadelphia (701 Arch Street) and the cost of the tour includes same-day admission to the Museum. Advanced tickets required, to purchase tickets please visit firstname.lastname@example.org or call 215-925-3633. Tickets are $32 for adults, $30 for seniors, and $28 for children ages 3 – 12.
Independence National Historical Park
Between 5th & 6th Sts
Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27
Independence National Historical Park commemorates African American History Month with lectures, ranger programs, and living history events, sharing the stories of African Americans in 18th and early 19th century Philadelphia. For more information, click here.
Happy Hour Mixer
The Temperance House
5 S. State Street
Feb. 25, 4 p.m.
Join the African American Museum of Bucks County (AAMBC) in celebration of Black History Month for a Happy Hour mixer at The Temperance House in Newtown, PA. Come, meet and enjoy the company of the movers and shakers on the Board of Directors. AAMBC is a traveling museum that was established in 2013 to bring little-known history of the contributions of blacks in Bucks County. All are welcome to attend. There will be colonial era food and drink.