History After Hours: Liberty For All?

Who tells your story? Archaeologists lay out the groundwork for discovering how the roots of Philadelphia’s vibrant African American community found liberty in local sites. Learn about how unexpected stories can be unearthed from places like cemeteries, buildings, maps, and genealogy through different hands-activities, gallery tours, and presenters. 

At 6:30 p.m., former Philadelphia Inquirer reporter and award-winning storyteller Sofiya Ballin will discuss her identity series Black History Untold, which explores the black experience through personal essays and earned her the National Association of Black Journalist (NABJ) Award for Best Feature: Series in 2017.

Throughout the evening, Terry Buckalew from the Bethel Burying Ground Project will showcase his research on the 19th-century African American burial ground on the 400 block of Queen Street and the personal stories it has brought to light about the more than 5,000 individuals interred there. Archivist Margaret Jericho from Mother Bethel AME Church also will be available to discuss her work with the Church’s archives and history involving the site.

The African American Genealogy Group (AAGG) and the African American Museum of Philadelphia (AAMP) will also be onsite to chat with about the various research methods available to use for those looking to dig into their family history or wanting to learn about local history.

Don't forget to bring along an object to participate in a pop-up museum to display what you feel best represents your story. Throughout the evening, the pop-up museum will display these personal objects and inspire guests to think about how and why we view history through different lenses.

Our History After Hours series features extended evening hours from 5 – 8 p.m., special themed programs, happy hour food and drink specials, and full access to the Museum’s exhibits including timed screenings of Washington's War Tent.