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Three visitors look at a pew from Mother Bethel AME Church in the Museum's Black Founders exhibit.

Join us to celebrate the launch of our Black Founders: The Forten Family of Philadelphia teacher resource guide and 360-degree virtual tour. Together with Museum educators, participants in this free workshop will explore new classroom resources developed by the Museum to help students learn about Black community in Philadelphia in the years following the Revolutionary War through the lens of James Forten and his descendants who carried on his Revolutionary efforts for a more just and equal society.   

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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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Dr. Philip Mead leads a class of teachers at the Season Of Independence Summer Teacher Institute.
 

Professional Development Workshops

Join fellow teachers for interactive workshops, engaging discussions, and content-rich presentations exploring the American Revolution in both historical and contemporary contexts.
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Black Founders Teacher Resources

Access modular activities and ready-made worksheets to help your students dig deeper into the lives and legacies of free Black Philadelphia, Revolutionary War privateer, and successfull businessman James Forten and his descendants.
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