Creative Africa

This past Sunday my mom and I finally got a chance to check out the Creative Africa exhibit at The Philadelphia Mudeum of Art. The exhibit features photography, fashion, architecture and music from various countries located in Africa. Walking into the museum we were greeted by the friendliest security guards and a nice cool building( it…

I am super excited about the new exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. This exhibit features 20th century artwork, ankara fashion, photography, and an entire installation dedicated to architect Fracicis Kere. Check out what UWISHUNU says about the exhibit: “This spring and summer, artwork from all across Africa fills the Perelman Building at the Philadelphia…

Robert Mara Adger

Marker Address 823 South Street Robert Mara Adger was born in Charleston S. Carolina in 1837, one of 13 children. At the age of six the family moved to Philadelphia and Robert attended the Lombard Street School (known as the Bird School because of its’ principal James M. Bird). As a teenager Robert worked at his father’s furniture…

My Tour of Cliveden

I recently toured Cliveden, a historic home located in the Germantown section of Philadelphia. For many, Cliveden holds special significance because of the Battle of Germantown. While this was of some interest to me this was not the reason for my tour this particular day. I went to Cliveden to see their exhibit Emancipating Cliveden; Slavery & Servitude….

Where did Blacks in Philly begin?!

The first documented African in the Pennsylvania region was a slave named Anthony Swartz.  Anthony (it is worth mentioning that this was his ‘known’ and not ‘given’ name) arrived aboard a Swedish Ship named the Fogel Grip  from St. Kitts. He was said to be of Angolan decent. He worked as a slave to the Governor or New Sweden ( A…

Quakers & Slaves

Believe it or not the Quakers owned slaves. It may be hard to believe because the Quakers were the first documented to protest slavery in the Americas, they are the founders of the first anti-slavery/abolitionist society, and are generally seen as the peace loving peoples. However despite this narrative, which is still told to this…