Celebrate Black History Month with a new special exhibit, a recently launched gallery tour, and more this February. Plan Your Visit

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A painted portrait of James Forten is installed next to a small photograph of his wife Charlotte Vandine Forten in the Museum's Black Founders exhibit.

Join Museum educators for an in-person workshop that pairs classroom instruction with exploration of our new special exhibit, Black Founders: The Forten Family of Philadelphia, as we discuss questions and share resources and records for learning and teaching. Learn about the 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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Dr. Philip Mead leads a class of teachers at the Season Of Independence Summer Teacher Institute.
 

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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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Engage your students with the dramatic story of America's Founding with our in-person, in-class, homeschool, and virtual learning resources.
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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
In the upcoming 2023 special exhibition Black Founders: The Forten Family of Philadelphia, the Museum will introduce visitors to 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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