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Black Founders Big Ideas

Explore these short framing essays to discover the lives and legacies of free Black Philadelphian, Revolutionary War privateer, successful businesman, and stalwart abolitionist James Forten and his family.
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Unit 6: Elder James Forten's World

The purpose of this unit is for students to explore how and why communities change as well as consider how individuals can make positive changes within their communities.
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A family views the Forten family tree and family bible in the Museum's Black Founders exhibit.

Forten Family Heirlooms on Loan from Descendants in Black Founders Exhibit

Learn more about the rare surviving objects on loan from Forten family descendants that are on display in our special exhibition, Black Founders: The Forten Family of Philadelphia.
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Finding Freedom Teacher Resources Unit 6

Examine primary sources and imagine standing in someone else’s shoes to better understand the difficult decisions people of African descent faced as war became a reality in the colonies.
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Unit 7: Remembering the Veterans of the Revolutionary War

This unit explores the difficulties that veterans faced after the Revolutionary War, the obstacles they faced in obtaining aid from the government, and moments of possibility they experienced throughout.
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Fashion Forward or Backward? Eliza Hamilton Style Cast, 1777-1787

Compare the Fashioning Eliza Project design sketches with the final recreated gowns worn by Museum Educators in the #FashioningEliza Social Media Style Cast for the culmination of the project.
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AmRev360: Making Art Accessible with Clovernook Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired

Clovernook Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired's Sam Foulkes and Brian Anderson joined the latest episode of the Museum's AmRev360 series, hosted by President & CEO Dr. R. Scott Stephenson.
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Jordan and Kehala Smith dressed in traditional Native American clothing at the Museum over Indigenous Peoples Weekend.

AmRev360: Exploring Native Cultures with Jordan and Kehala Smith

Jordan Smith (Mohawk, Bear Clan) and Kehala Smith (Tuscarora Nation, Turtle Clan) joined the latest episode of the Museum's AmRev360 series, hosted by President & CEO Dr. R. Scott Stephenson.
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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.

Triumphant Lives: The Forten Legacy Fosters Scholarship and Historical Insight

Dr. Janice L. Sumler-Edmond recounts the past 50 years of academic scholarship on James Forten and his descendants that helped lead to the Museum's Black Founders special exhibition.
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Dr. R. Scott Stephenson sits on the left facing archaeologist Wade Catts in the Museum galleries.

AmRev360: Digging into New Discoveries with Archaeologist Wade Catts

Archaeologist Wade Catts joined the season four premiere of the Museum's AmRev360 series, hosted by President & CEO Dr. R. Scott Stephenson, to discuss the recent discoveries at Red Bank Battlefield.
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