The Battle Cry For Equality

The Battle Cry For Equality

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.

Atwater Kent Museum – Philadelphia

The Atwater Kent Museum tells the 300-year history of Philadelphia and its people. Included in that history are the stories of the city’s early African American inhabitants – many of them enslaved. You’ll see artifacts like a silver bowl that accompanied an enslaved child to Philadelphia, as well as wrist shackles from the 1700’s and African American Quaker dolls. There’s also a banner commemorating the life of Civil Rights leader, Octavius V. Catto, an activist for abolition and equal rights. He helped raise eleven United States Colored Troop regiments, and was commissioned as a Major himself. Catto’s life was cut short when he was shot on his way to vote on Election Day. The museum and its galleries will be renovated and reopened to the public in September 2011.

Johnson House Historic Site - Germantown

A station stop along the Underground Railroad, the Johnson House was the residence of a Quaker family with ardent anti-slavery beliefs who hid runaways throughout the 1800s. Visitors can examine the nooks and hidden rooms where freedom seekers were tucked away, including an attic trap door leading to the roof, which archeologists discovered within the last few years. Special events and exhibitions provide additional insight into the staunchly abolitionist views of the Germantown section of Philadelphia. A few blocks south, check out the historic marker at 5109 Germantown Avenue. It commemorates Francis Daniel Pastorius, a prolific writer fluent in seven languages and the leader of America's first formal anti-slavery protest in 1680.

Eat Here: Fork - Old City, Philadelphia

Open 7 days a week, Fork is a nationally acclaimed New American bistro offering delicious food that is seasonal, fresh and inventive. The menu is printed daily and reflects international influences from around the world. Fork uses only the highest quality ingredients, many of which are supplied by local farmers from throughout the Philadelphia area

Sleep Here: Hyatt Regency at Penn’s Landing - Philadelphia

Its prime waterfront location, provides easy access to the Convention Center, Liberty Bell, Constitution Center, and many historic attractions. Walking distance from shopping, entertainment and amazing dining in the popular "Old City" historic area.