Read the Revolution
Read the Revolution with Julie Winch featuring Atwood "Kip" Forten JacobsApril 2023
Author and historian Dr. Julie Winch joined the Museum on April 12, 2023, as part of the Read the Revolution Speaker Series to reflect on her groundbreaking biography, A Gentleman of Color: The Life of James Forten, more than 20 years after it was first published. Joining Winch onstage was Atwood “Kip” Forten Jacobs, the great-great-great-great grandson of James Forten, who reflected on how discovering her book — and his own family heritage — changed his life.
Winch and Jacobs also discussed their involvement in the Museum’s special exhibition Black Founders: The Forten Family of Philadelphia, including the Forten family Bible, an heirloom that has been in the family for six generations, that Jacobs loaned to the Museum for display in the exhibit.
Near the conclusion of the event, Jacobs' daughter, Taylor, joined him onstage to present Winch with a plaque honoring her scholarship on Forten and the family. Jacobs also announced that they would be donating the family Bible to the Museum.
The Museum's Black Founders special exhibition, open through Nov. 26, 2023, explores the story of free Black Philadelphian James Forten and his descendants as they navigated cross-racial relationships in Philadelphia during the American Revolution to become leaders in the abolition and women's suffrage movements.