Pennsylvania was the cradle of the Abolitionist Movement, and the state’s roots are intertwined with the quest for a truly free nation. Pennsylvania provided African American Patriots an opportunity to defend their rights in the long journey towards equality before, during and after the Civil War. The Battle Cry for Equality roadtrip allows you to experience the sites and tales of those heroic African Americans who helped make true freedom a reality for generations to come.
The Battle Cry For Equality
The Battle Cry For Equality
Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church - Philadelphia
Located on the oldest parcel of land under continuous African American ownership, Mother Bethel houses a museum, including such artifacts as founder Reverend Richard Allen's original pulpit, personal belongings and crypt. Allen preached abolition as early as 1795, and with the help of his wife Sarah, secured food and shelter for African American freedom seekers. The church itself was a center for African American soldiers recruitment and several conventions during the Civil War years. Records indicate that as recently as a few years ago, the congregation still included descendants of those who fled slavery and were assisted by Mother Bethel and its sympathizers. The museum inside the church houses its original pews and pulpit. And a newly created exhibit details the church’s role as an Underground Railroad station. Pioneer civil rights activist Octavio Catto was killed a block away. While visiting Mother Bethel, don’t forget to check out these nearby historic markers: At 6th and Lombard Streets, stands a historic marker dedicated to the Free African Society, founded by wealthy sail maker James Forten Sr. and Reverends Richard Allen and Absolom Jones. The Society's concepts of identity and unity among the Black community became the forerunner for the nation's first African American churches and civil rights institutions. A few blocks away, at 336 Lombard Street, another marker specifically honors James Forten, who is believed to have amassed a fortune exceeding $100,000 utilizing a multi-ethnic work force. Additionally, he helped organize the first Negro Convention in Philadelphia in 1830.
African American Museum of Philadelphia
In the midst of the sights and sounds of Center City Philadelphia, you’ll find a museum celebrating 35 years of honoring a legacy. Through captivating exhibits and an endless thirst for knowledge, the African American Museum preserves African American culture and history. From artwork and artifacts to musical instruments and diaries, you’ll hear untold stories of achievement and accomplishment. In all, the museum's collection includes more than half a million objects. Be sure to keep a look out for new exhibits and shows.
Independence National Historical Park & Liberty Bell Center - Philadelphia
The most historic square mile in one of America’s oldest cities. Independence National Historical Park, locally referred to as Independence Mall, covers several blocks in the middle of the shops and restaurants of Old City Philadelphia. Independence Hall became an important place for abolition protest against federal laws. The Liberty Bell was known as the State House Bell until William Lloyd Garrison’s abolitionist newspaper coined its now famous name. Abolitionists adopted the iconic Liberty Bell and its inscription from Leviticus-"Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof"-as symbols of their movement to end the institution of slavery. Part of the Liberty Bell Center teaches visitors about the enslaved Africans who labored at the President's House during George Washington's tenure, plus the 21st-century controversy swirling around the National Park Service's efforts to tell their stories.
Eat Here: Tria - Philadelphia
Philadelphia's wine, cheese and beer café. Catch a seat outside and people watch while you sample the ever changing menu of this Philly hot-spot. Cabernet and Carmignano? Don't worry, the friendly staff will help guide you through a memorable wine, cheese and beer experience.
Sleep Here: Rittenhouse 1715 - Philadelphia
Located on a small quiet street in the very heart of Philadelphia's most fashionable district, it's also within walking distance to many of the city's world-class restaurants, cafes, museums and of course unique boutique shopping.