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Guided Tour of “Black Founders: The Forten Family of Philadelphia” MOAR Exhibit

November 21 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

The Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides (APT) has arranged for a group tour of the exhibit “Black Founders: The Forten Family of Philadelphia” at the Museum of the American Revolution (MOAR), 101 S. Third St., at 11 am on Tuesday, November 21. This is a rare opportunity to get a guided tour of the exhibit before it closes November 26. Cost is $15 per person (normally $24 without a guided tour) payable in the APT Store (use ‘field trip’ button).

When James Forten walked the streets of 1770s Philadelphia as a young man, he was surrounded by the sights and sounds of transformation. He heard the words of the Declaration of Independence read aloud for the first time in 1776 before setting sail to fight for independence in 1781. Born a free person of African descent, Forten built upon his coming-of-age in a revolutionary city and his wartime experience to forge himself into a changemaker in Philadelphia and the young United States, becoming a successful businessman, philanthropist, and stalwart abolitionist.

In this special exhibition Black Founders: The Forten Family of Philadelphia, the Museum introduces visitors to Forten and his descendants as they navigated the American Revolution and cross-racial relationships in Philadelphia to become leaders in the abolition movement in the lead-up to the Civil War and the women’s suffrage movement. Using objects, documents, and immersive environments, Black Founders: The Forten Family of Philadelphia explores the Forten family’s roles in the Revolutionary War, business in Philadelphia, and abolition and voting rights from 1776 to 1876.

The unique journey and exceptional story of this family of Revolutionaries explores the legacy of the American Revolution, the history of the American experiment of liberty, equality, and self-government, and the ongoing work to improve the nation’s dedication to the principle that “all men are created equal.”

The tour is limited to 15 people so please register and pay online to reserve your spot. We’ll meet in the museum lobby at 10:45 am.  Join us!


November 21
11:00 am - 1:00 pm


Museum of the American Revolution
101 S. 3rd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106 United States
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