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Tour of the Seventh Ward with The Black Journey Philadelphia
July 24, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
RESCHEDULED to Monday, July 24, 10 am.
Philadelphia’s famous Seventh Ward was a thriving and bustling community populated by many Black Philadelphians as well as immigrants from the end of the 18th century until the 1960s. By 1900 the Ward was home to approximately 30% of Black Philadelphians. Boasting the largest Black population in the city, the Seventh Ward was the epicenter of Black culture and home to many past and present African-American schools, churches, and institutions as well as abolitionists, educators, athletes, and political and women’s civil rights activists.The Seventh Ward was so fascinating that W.E.B Du Bois traveled to Philadelphia to conduct his study of Philadelphia’s Black population residing in the Ward. Staying in the Seventh Ward, Dr. Du Bois conducted door-to-door in-depth interviews with Black Philadelphians from all walks of life. He witnessed economic, educational, and political discrimination. We will visit the site where W.E.B Du Bois penned his book, The Philadelphia Negro, published in 1899.
Throughout this tour, you will experience first-hand the remnants of this section of the city. Although this neighborhood went through massive transitions, losing most of its Black residents in the 1960s due to urban renewal and gentrification, many of the institutions, building, and homes of prominent residents that would have been familiar to Dr. DuBois or visited by him, still remain today. This is your opportunity to join us as we explore this still fascinating community that played a significant role in Black Philadelphia history.
Mijuel Johnson of The Black Journey Philadelphia will guide us on this tour. Please write to to reserve your spot for Monday July 24 at 10 am beginning from Mother Bethel AME Church. (This is the new rescheduled date). The cost is $20.00 for APT members, payable in the APT Store. Please join us!