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The Museum will honor the life, service, and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. over MLK Weekend. Join us in-person and online to discover the ongoing legacy of the American Revolution and learn what it takes to change the world, highlighted by a performance by the Philadelphia Jazz Project.

Ona Judge: A Virtual Walking Tour
Online | Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021
Join Museum educator Michael Idriss for a virtual walking tour to explore the story of Ona Judge, a woman who was enslaved in George and Martha Washington’s household in Philadelphia and later escaped.

Ona Judge Discovery Cart
In-Person | Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
At a contactless Discovery Cart, learn the story of Ona Judge. Explore objects related to Judge’s story, including the original door handle from the Presidents’ House in Philadelphia as well as replica objects such as a comb and brush that Judge would have used in her role as a ladies’ maid.

We Shall Continue: Celebrating MLK Weekend with the Philadelphia Project
Online | Monday, Jan. 18, 2021 at 10 a.m.
Join vocalists and musicians from the Philadelphia Jazz Project on the Museum’s YouTube channel for a free virtual concert, featuring highlights from their previous performances at the Museum and interviews with special guests. The performance, inspired by excerpts from King’s speeches and sermons, will intermingle spoken word, gospel, jazz, and blues to pay tribute to his life’s work to advance civil rights for all. 

Finding Freedom Interactive Feature
Online | Anytime
Take a deeper dive into untold stories of the Revolution with the Museum’s new Finding Freedom digital interactive, which explores the stories of enslaved people of African descent who followed different paths to freedom during the Revolutionary War. 

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Promises of the American Revolution

Learn about the life, service, and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through many of his speeches and writings that reference the America's founding documents.
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Never Caught

Read an excerpt from Dr. Erica Armstrong Dunbar and Kathleen Van Cleve's young reader adaptation of the story of runaway slave Ona Judge.
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A watercolor depicts Deborah and Harry, with their backs to the viewer, aboard a ship setting sail for Nova Scotia. They look out on men and women in the streets fighting for their freedom, as the Americans won the war. Many people were fighting for a place on the ships that were evacuating Loyalists.

Interactive Features

Dig deeper into compelling stories and complex events of the American Revolution through our interactive online learning experiences, Finding Freedom and Season of Independence.
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