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Mary Forten, daughter of James Forten, sewed this sampler.
Mary Isabella Forten, daughter of James Forten, sewed this sampler. Courtesy of Marcus And Lorri Huey

Join us for this three-part virtual workshop to learn about 18th-century sewing and how to make your own embroidered sampler based on original examples. Museum staff will discuss original embroidered objects and lead a hands-on sewing circle to recreate samplers inspired by historical objects, including rare original examples on display in our special exhibition, Black Founders: The Forten Family of Philadelphia.

This three-part class will occur Wednesday evenings from 7-8:30 p.m. on March 8, 15, and 22. All participants will receive material by mail prior to the start of the workshop to make their own sampler. No prior sewing experience is required but some familiarity with sewing or needlework would be helpful. Participants will need an internet connection, microphone, and webcam. 

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Black Founders: The Forten Family of Philadelphia exhibit graphic featuring a portrait of James Forten.

Black Founders: The Forten Family of Philadelphia

February 11 - November 26, 2023
In the upcoming 2023 special exhibition Black Founders: The Forten Family of Philadelphia, the Museum will introduce visitors to Forten and his descendants as they navigated the American Revolution and cross-racial relationships in Philadelphia to later become leaders in the abolition movement in the lead-up to the Civil War.
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Artisan Workshop Series

Learn tricks of 18th-century trades and meet others while discovering new talents in making and doing. Then, try your hand at creating your own replica.
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