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On Friday, June 16, be among the first to see the new 26-minute film “Black Founders: The Forten Family of Philadelphia,” presented by WHYY and the Museum of the American Revolution. Following the screening in Lenfest Myer Theater on the first floor, a question-and-answer session will take guests behind the scenes of the creation of the film and the Museum’s Black Founders exhibit.

Prior to the screening, guests will enjoy a wine and cheese reception and have the opportunity to view the Museum’s Black Founders special exhibition, which tells the inspiring story of free Black Philadelphian James Forten and his remarkable family, from the Revolutionary era through the Civil War and Reconstruction. The exhibition brings together more than 100 historical artifacts, including Forten family heirlooms on view for the first time. Tickets for this event include Black Founders exhibit access.

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A father holds his child as they look at the Forten family tree in the Museum's Black Founders exhibit.
 

Black Founders: The Forten Family of Philadelphia

February 11 - November 26, 2023
Black Founders: The Forten Family of Philadelphia explored the story of James 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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A father holds his child as they look at the Forten family tree in the Museum's Black Founders exhibit.
Jun 17
 

Juneteenth Weekend 2023 at the Museum

June 17-19, 2023
Explore the continuing struggle for equality for all and join the Museum to celebrate Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States.
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A Revolutionary Summer

Throughout A Revolutionary Summer, the Museum's special events and exhibits offer visitors of all ages the opportunity to explore the American Revolution and its ongoing relevance.
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