Program in African American History, Library Company of Philadelphia

Program in African American History, Library Company of Philadelphia The Program in African American History brings together scholars and interested members of the public to explore and discuss the experience of people of African descent in the Americas from the beginnings of European colonization through 1900.

The Library Company of Philadelphia is an independent research library specializing in American history and culture from the 17th through the 19th centuries. Open to the public free of charge, the Library Company houses an extensive collection of rare books, manuscripts, broadsides, ephemera, prints, photographs, and works of art. Founded in 1731 by Benjamin Franklin, the Library Company is Americ

The Library Company of Philadelphia is an independent research library specializing in American history and culture from the 17th through the 19th centuries. Open to the public free of charge, the Library Company houses an extensive collection of rare books, manuscripts, broadsides, ephemera, prints, photographs, and works of art. Founded in 1731 by Benjamin Franklin, the Library Company is Americ

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Join us on Thursday, October 7 at 6:00 p.m. ET and learn the life of African-American Abolitionist, William Still. Learn...
09/27/2021

Join us on Thursday, October 7 at 6:00 p.m. ET and learn the life of African-American Abolitionist, William Still. Learn more and register here: http://ow.ly/LEcy50G2oYk

Join us on Thursday, October 7 at 6:00 p.m. ET and learn the life of African-American Abolitionist, William Still. Learn more and register here: http://ow.ly/LEcy50G2oYk

Don't forget to register for A Commemoration of William Still's Courageous Life! This virtual event will take place on T...
09/08/2021

Don't forget to register for A Commemoration of William Still's Courageous Life! This virtual event will take place on Thursday, October 7at 6:00 p.m. ET. Register here: http://ow.ly/Iet250G2obD

Don't forget to register for A Commemoration of William Still's Courageous Life! This virtual event will take place on Thursday, October 7at 6:00 p.m. ET. Register here: http://ow.ly/Iet250G2obD

It isn't too late to register for The Other Madisons: The Lost Histor of a President's Black Family! Grab your ticket to...
08/30/2021

It isn't too late to register for The Other Madisons: The Lost Histor of a President's Black Family! Grab your ticket today! http://ow.ly/EgPF50FQGDd

It isn't too late to register for The Other Madisons: The Lost Histor of a President's Black Family! Grab your ticket today! http://ow.ly/EgPF50FQGDd

Celebrate with us! Join us on October 7 for our virtual event, A Commemoration of William Still's Courageous Life. To le...
08/26/2021

Celebrate with us! Join us on October 7 for our virtual event, A Commemoration of William Still's Courageous Life. To learn more and to register, click the link! http://ow.ly/Cjws50FQrOV

Celebrate with us! Join us on October 7 for our virtual event, A Commemoration of William Still's Courageous Life. To learn more and to register, click the link! http://ow.ly/Cjws50FQrOV

Seats are filling up fast! Register today for The Other Madisons: The Lost History of  a President's Black Family. This ...
08/23/2021

Seats are filling up fast! Register today for The Other Madisons: The Lost History of a President's Black Family. This is a virtual event. To learn more and to register, click the link: http://ow.ly/KYjm50FMNcw

Seats are filling up fast! Register today for The Other Madisons: The Lost History of a President's Black Family. This is a virtual event. To learn more and to register, click the link: http://ow.ly/KYjm50FMNcw

On Wednesday, September 1, join us for The Other Madisons: The Lost History of  Presidents Black Family. You don't want ...
08/03/2021

On Wednesday, September 1, join us for The Other Madisons: The Lost History of Presidents Black Family. You don't want to miss this! http://ow.ly/lplu50FJuJS

On Wednesday, September 1, join us for The Other Madisons: The Lost History of Presidents Black Family. You don't want to miss this! http://ow.ly/lplu50FJuJS

We're kicking off the month of September with our virtual event, The Other Madisons! Join us Wednesday, Sept 1 at 5:30 p...
07/29/2021

We're kicking off the month of September with our virtual event, The Other Madisons! Join us Wednesday, Sept 1 at 5:30 p.m. ET to learn the lost history of a president's black family. To register, click the link! http://ow.ly/EV2m50FGfDV

We're kicking off the month of September with our virtual event, The Other Madisons! Join us Wednesday, Sept 1 at 5:30 p.m. ET to learn the lost history of a president's black family. To register, click the link! http://ow.ly/EV2m50FGfDV

On Thursday, July 15, join us for Beyond the Boundaries of Childhood: African American Children in the Antebellum North ...
07/08/2021

On Thursday, July 15, join us for Beyond the Boundaries of Childhood: African American Children in the Antebellum North (Book Talk) led by Crystal Lynn Webster. Spots are filling up fast, so reserve yours today! http://ow.ly/xczF50FrRBJ

On Thursday, July 15, join us for Beyond the Boundaries of Childhood: African American Children in the Antebellum North (Book Talk) led by Crystal Lynn Webster. Spots are filling up fast, so reserve yours today! http://ow.ly/xczF50FrRBJ

Tomorrow, join us for our annual Juneteenth Freedom Program! Juneteenth: They Were Her Property will take place Thursday...
06/16/2021

Tomorrow, join us for our annual Juneteenth Freedom Program! Juneteenth: They Were Her Property will take place Thursday, June 17 at 5:30 p.m. EST. Reserve your seat today! http://ow.ly/OAQi50FbIy9

Tomorrow, join us for our annual Juneteenth Freedom Program! Juneteenth: They Were Her Property will take place Thursday, June 17 at 5:30 p.m. EST. Reserve your seat today! http://ow.ly/OAQi50FbIy9

Our annual Juneteenth Freedom Program will take place on Thursday, June 17 at 5:30 p.m. Reserve your spot today! http://...
06/04/2021

Our annual Juneteenth Freedom Program will take place on Thursday, June 17 at 5:30 p.m. Reserve your spot today! http://ow.ly/Fmmx50EWRGN

Our annual Juneteenth Freedom Program will take place on Thursday, June 17 at 5:30 p.m. Reserve your spot today! http://ow.ly/Fmmx50EWRGN

We're hiring! We're searching for a Fellowships Manager to oversee our fellowship program. Click the link to learn more ...
06/01/2021
LCP Employment – The Library Company of Philadelphia

We're hiring! We're searching for a Fellowships Manager to oversee our fellowship program. Click the link to learn more and apply today! http://ow.ly/qgk850EZZHj

The Fellowships Manager will oversee the Library Company’s prestigious fellowship program that supports between 55-60 fellows annually, bestows two biennial awards, and boasts an alumni network of more than 1,200 former fellows.

On this Memorial Day, let us remember to honor those service women and men who have lost their lives while serving in th...
05/31/2021

On this Memorial Day, let us remember to honor those service women and men who have lost their lives while serving in the United States military.

In 1934, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania erected a memorial monument in West Fairmont Park in memory of all the African American military men who have served in war. This monument displays the “Torch of Life”, four American eagles, a female figure holding wreaths symbolic of honor and reward and five African American military personnel to represent each branch in the military. In 1994, the monument moved to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

On this Memorial Day, let us remember to honor those service women and men who have lost their lives while serving in the United States military.

In 1934, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania erected a memorial monument in West Fairmont Park in memory of all the African American military men who have served in war. This monument displays the “Torch of Life”, four American eagles, a female figure holding wreaths symbolic of honor and reward and five African American military personnel to represent each branch in the military. In 1994, the monument moved to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

Come visit us! On Tuesday, June 1, we will officially open to the public. Admission is free and masks are required. Our ...
05/28/2021

Come visit us! On Tuesday, June 1, we will officially open to the public. Admission is free and masks are required. Our hours are 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. For questions or updates, call 215-546-3181 or visit www.librarycompany.org

Come visit us! On Tuesday, June 1, we will officially open to the public. Admission is free and masks are required. Our hours are 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. For questions or updates, call 215-546-3181 or visit www.librarycompany.org

It isn't too late to register for tomorrow's event, In Pursuit of Knowledge with Kabria Baumgartner! This event will tak...
05/17/2021

It isn't too late to register for tomorrow's event, In Pursuit of Knowledge with Kabria Baumgartner! This event will take place at 5:30 p.m. EST. To learn more and register, click the link! http://ow.ly/kppS50EOH1s

It isn't too late to register for tomorrow's event, In Pursuit of Knowledge with Kabria Baumgartner! This event will take place at 5:30 p.m. EST. To learn more and register, click the link! http://ow.ly/kppS50EOH1s

On Tuesday, May 18 at 5:30 p.m. EST, join Kabria Baumgartner as she discusses her book, In Pursuit of Knowledge. Spots a...
05/14/2021

On Tuesday, May 18 at 5:30 p.m. EST, join Kabria Baumgartner as she discusses her book, In Pursuit of Knowledge. Spots are limited, so reserve yours today! http://ow.ly/GepI50EM05q

On Tuesday, May 18 at 5:30 p.m. EST, join Kabria Baumgartner as she discusses her book, In Pursuit of Knowledge. Spots are limited, so reserve yours today! http://ow.ly/GepI50EM05q

Seats are filling up fast for In Pursuit of Knowledge: Black Women and Educational Activism in Antebellum America with K...
05/07/2021

Seats are filling up fast for In Pursuit of Knowledge: Black Women and Educational Activism in Antebellum America with Kabria Baumgartner! This event will take place on May 18 at 5:30 p.m. EST. You don't want to miss it! http://ow.ly/OSZp50EDr42

Seats are filling up fast for In Pursuit of Knowledge: Black Women and Educational Activism in Antebellum America with Kabria Baumgartner! This event will take place on May 18 at 5:30 p.m. EST. You don't want to miss it! http://ow.ly/OSZp50EDr42

Reserve your seats today for In Pursuit of Knowledge: Black Women and Educational Activism in Antebellum America with Ka...
04/16/2021

Reserve your seats today for In Pursuit of Knowledge: Black Women and Educational Activism in Antebellum America with Kabria Baumgartner! This event will take place on Tuesday, May 18 at 5:30 p.m. EST. You don't want to miss this! http://ow.ly/SxbG50EhGXn

Reserve your seats today for In Pursuit of Knowledge: Black Women and Educational Activism in Antebellum America with Kabria Baumgartner! This event will take place on Tuesday, May 18 at 5:30 p.m. EST. You don't want to miss this! http://ow.ly/SxbG50EhGXn

It isn't too late to register for tonight's event, Colonial Revivals and The Practice of Citizenship: A Roundtable with ...
04/13/2021

It isn't too late to register for tonight's event, Colonial Revivals and The Practice of Citizenship: A Roundtable with Penn Press. There's only a few spots left, so reserve your seat today! http://ow.ly/Ir0j50EmKq9

It isn't too late to register for tonight's event, Colonial Revivals and The Practice of Citizenship: A Roundtable with Penn Press. There's only a few spots left, so reserve your seat today! http://ow.ly/Ir0j50EmKq9

“Easter Greetings 1912”! On this Easter Sunday, enjoy an image of an unidentified African American girl in her Sunday’s ...
04/04/2021

“Easter Greetings 1912”! On this Easter Sunday, enjoy an image of an unidentified African American girl in her Sunday’s best! Her hair is pinned back with a large hair bow and she is dressed in a pinafore decorated with a pin. Photographed by Rose Studio which was located on 2405 S Broad Street in Philadelphia.

“Easter Greetings 1912”! On this Easter Sunday, enjoy an image of an unidentified African American girl in her Sunday’s best! Her hair is pinned back with a large hair bow and she is dressed in a pinafore decorated with a pin. Photographed by Rose Studio which was located on 2405 S Broad Street in Philadelphia.

Women’s History Month is a celebration of women’s contributions and accomplishments around the world. The friendships & ...
03/24/2021

Women’s History Month is a celebration of women’s contributions and accomplishments around the world. The friendships & bonds that were created amongst these women as they fought for women’s rights are unbreakable & certainly don’t go unnoticed.

Here’s a poem about friendship from Mary Forten written to Amy Matilda Cassey in the Cassey Friendship Album. Forten & Cassey built a friendship as they were both members of the Philadelphia Female Anti-Slavery Society and other local organizations.

Women’s History Month is a celebration of women’s contributions and accomplishments around the world. The friendships & bonds that were created amongst these women as they fought for women’s rights are unbreakable & certainly don’t go unnoticed.

Here’s a poem about friendship from Mary Forten written to Amy Matilda Cassey in the Cassey Friendship Album. Forten & Cassey built a friendship as they were both members of the Philadelphia Female Anti-Slavery Society and other local organizations.

Tomorrow at 2:30 p.m., join us for our collection review, Marronage, Medicine, Mythology: Narrating Obeah in the 19th-Ce...
02/10/2021

Tomorrow at 2:30 p.m., join us for our collection review, Marronage, Medicine, Mythology: Narrating Obeah in the 19th-Century with Ainsley Wynn Eakins! To register, click the link http://ow.ly/svkP50Dsmgf

Here’s the story of “Old Joseph, the Patriarch.” On Christmas Eve in the 1850s, Joseph, an enslaved man, learned that he...
02/10/2021

Here’s the story of “Old Joseph, the Patriarch.” On Christmas Eve in the 1850s, Joseph, an enslaved man, learned that he would soon be sold, leaving his wife and child behind. This image depicts his family and others trying to comfort one another offering words of wisdom. While this particular image depicts a fictional story, stories like this transpired all the time during slavery!

-Jasmine Smith, African American History Subject Specialist and Reference Librarian

This engraving is the frontispiece from Pearson, Emily Clemens. Cousin Franck's household. Boston: Upham, Ford and Olmstead, 1853.
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#BlackHistoryMonth #ASALHfamily #PAAH

02/04/2021

Tune in to Movers and Makers WHYY tonight for a special episode on the importance of Black Image Makers and to learn more about the friendship albums at LCP.

These friendship albums, created by middle class African American women, date back to the 1830s and contain correspondence and original artwork, documenting their rich social lives and network, many of them noted abolitionists.

Click through for details on how to watch
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It isn't too late to register for Marronage, Medicine, Mythology: Narrating Obeah in the 19th-Century led by Ainsley Wyn...
02/03/2021

It isn't too late to register for Marronage, Medicine, Mythology: Narrating Obeah in the 19th-Century led by Ainsley Wynn Eakins! To learn more and to register, click the link: http://ow.ly/KYw850DpzqS

In 1926, Carter G. Woodson established “Negro History Week” as a celebration of African American history. Each year ther...
02/03/2021

In 1926, Carter G. Woodson established “Negro History Week” as a celebration of African American history. Each year there was a theme that explored historical issues, bringing the Black experience to the public eye. Continuing this tradition, every year the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) creates a Black History Month theme that “explores historical issues of importance to people of African descent and race relations in America.”

This year the theme is “The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity.” “Its representation, identity, and diversity have been reverenced, stereotyped, and vilified from the days of slavery to our own time.” Each Wednesday this month, the Program in African American History (PAAH) will share an image of a Black family from our collections, recognizing their struggles in keeping their families together, their passion in keeping traditions & the love they had for one another.

We begin with this photograph of an African American middle-class family from 1936. The image depicts several generations in front of a Christmas tree.
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-Jasmine Smith, African American History Subject Specialist and Reference Librarian

#BlackHistoryMonth #ASALHFamily #PAAH

It isn't too late to register for Body and Soul: A Conversation with Jessica Johnson about Slavery, Gender, and the Atla...
01/27/2021

It isn't too late to register for Body and Soul: A Conversation with Jessica Johnson about Slavery, Gender, and the Atlantic World. This event will take place on February 17 at 5:30 p.m. EST http://ow.ly/r1vN50DeC0P

Next week, join Michael Twitty as he takes us on a journey through African American culinary history in the South. This ...
01/25/2021

Next week, join Michael Twitty as he takes us on a journey through African American culinary history in the South. This event will take place on Wednesday, February 3 at 5:30 p.m. EST. Click the link to learn more and to register! http://ow.ly/CppH50DeBhL

Don't forget to register for Marronage, Medicine, and Mythology: Narrating Obeah in the 19th Century led by Ainsley Wynn...
01/22/2021

Don't forget to register for Marronage, Medicine, and Mythology: Narrating Obeah in the 19th Century led by Ainsley Wynn Eakins! This collection review will take place on February 11 at 2:30 p.m. EST. To learn more and to register, click the link! http://ow.ly/YAvT50DeACK

Join Jessica Johnson, Deirdre Cooper Owens, Sharon Block and Sasha Turner in a conversation about Slavery, Gender and th...
01/20/2021

Join Jessica Johnson, Deirdre Cooper Owens, Sharon Block and Sasha Turner in a conversation about Slavery, Gender and the Atlantic World. Body & Soul will take place on February 17 at 5:30 p.m. EST. To learn more and to register, click the link! http://ow.ly/4u9I50D7C94

Seats are filling up fast! Register today for The Cooking Gene: Tracing my African American Story Through Food  with Mic...
01/19/2021

Seats are filling up fast! Register today for The Cooking Gene: Tracing my African American Story Through Food with Michael W. Twitty. This event will take place on Wednesday, February 3rd at 5:30 p.m. Click the link to register: http://ow.ly/dRiA50D7BAO

01/14/2021

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On February 11 at 2:30 p.m. EST join us for Marronage, Medicine, and Mythology: Narrating Obeah in the 19th-Century! To ...
01/13/2021

On February 11 at 2:30 p.m. EST join us for Marronage, Medicine, and Mythology: Narrating Obeah in the 19th-Century! To learn more and to register, click the link

On Thursday, February 11 at 2:30 p.m. EST, we will hold our Collection Review, Marronage, Medicine, and Mythology: Narra...
01/08/2021

On Thursday, February 11 at 2:30 p.m. EST, we will hold our Collection Review, Marronage, Medicine, and Mythology: Narrating Obeah in the 19th Century led by Ainsley Wynn Eakins. To learn more and to register, click the link: http://ow.ly/GJuj50D1DrT

Next month, join us for Body and Soul: A Conversation with Jessica Johnson about Slavery, Gender and the Atlantic World....
01/07/2021

Next month, join us for Body and Soul: A Conversation with Jessica Johnson about Slavery, Gender and the Atlantic World. This event will take place on Wednesday, February 17 at 5:30 p.m. EST. Reserve your spot today! http://ow.ly/na1n50D1DgD

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1314 Locust St
Philadelphia, PA
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The African Americana Collection (over 13,000 titles and almost 1,000 graphics, and growing) includes books, pamphlets, newspapers, periodicals, broadsides, and graphics documenting the western discovery and exploitation of Africa, the rise of slavery in the new world along with the rise of movements against slavery, the development of racial thought and racism, descriptions of African American life, slave and free, throughout the Americas, slavery and race in fiction and drama, and the printed works of African American individuals and organizations. The collection ranges in date from the mid 16th century into the early years of the 20th century.

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Monday 9am - 4:45pm
Tuesday 9am - 4:45pm
Wednesday 9am - 4:45pm
Thursday 9am - 4:45pm
Friday 9am - 4:45pm

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