The City of Opportunity Walking Tour
Take a walking tour featuring oral history excerpts and period music, through the heart of Philadelphia’s Black community, where churches, hospitals, civic and social organizations, theaters and clubs greeted southerners, welcoming them to the city. Under Construction
Credits: Erica Knorr, Melanie Pezdirtz, and Mike Lewis, Spring 2016
Philadelphia's Black population swelled from around 50,000 in 1900 to well over 100,000 in 1930. Learn
about how the native Philadelphians and the southern
migrants encountered one another with both welcoming arms and a clash of cultures.
Credits: Tina Moore, Richard Fontanet, & Brad Horstmann, Fall 2014
Several Philadelphia African-American families
saved pieces of ephemera—flyers, posters, and advertisements—revealing aspects of Black identity
in early 20th-century Philadelphia, now preserved in Temple University's Blockson Afro-American Collection.
Credits: Kristin Geiger, Olivier Loignon, & Randall Wilson, Fall 2014
Explore the history of Black Philadelphia through the
eyes of Isadore Martin Sr., Alexander L. Manly, and
their sons Max Martin and Milo Manly. Follow their journeys from the Jim Crow South to the Quaker city
with our HistoryPin tour.
Credits: John Hashagen, John Smith, & Robert Bennett, Fall 2014
Explore the common values—diligence, integrity, loyalty,
and leadership—shared by four African-American
workers in four very distinct fields of work during the
Great Migration period (1915-1930) in Philadelphia: stevedore, fireman, banker, and kitchen man.
Credits: Drew Blementhal, Norah Jones, Dante Silicato, & Renee Williams, 2016
Prominent African-American men joined Philadelphia's
Citizens Republican Club in the early decades of the
20th century, a social organization that functioned as a power base for Black men wishing to increase their
social, political, or economic capital.
Credits: Derek Duquette, Suzanne Irvin, & Amanda Tuttle, Fall 2014
Facing a labor shortage, in 1916-1917 the Pennsylvania Railroad provided free transportation north for more than 13,000 southern men and women. Through this, and
other means, African Americans found their way to
Philadelphia, collectively transforming the city.
Credits: John Berry, Kirk Mullen, & Kaitlyn Sheeran, Spring 2016
Black women working for White families juggled their
work with raising their own children and adjusting to a
new culture. Hear the words of four women as they recount their search for home upon moving north and leaving their familiar worlds behind.
Credits: Stephanie Loeh, Shila Scott, & Kristen Waltz, Fall 2014