Black History Month Open House

03feb1:00 pm4:00 pmBlack History Month Open House

Event Details

Join the Lest We Forget Museum of Slavery and other Historic Germantown sites for a Black History Month Open House

At the Historic Germantown headquarters building – 5501 Germantown Avenue

Lest We Forget Museum of Slavery

Lest We Forget Museum of Slavery is the only museum with actual artifacts from the transatlantic slave trade and beyond.
Artifacts from the museum will be on exhibit and Executive Director Gwen Ragsdale will share information about the history and importance of these objects.


Explore the lives of free and enslaved African Americans in the Mid-Atlantic through exhibits and recently digitized records from the Chew Family Papers at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

Concord School House & Upper Burying Ground

Germantown Historical Society

Representations and Recollections

Since its founding in 1901, the Germantown Historical Society has been a collector of recorded memories. Visit the society’s library and archives to explore these rich collections, including audio interviews from African Americans Between the World Wars Oral History Project, and contemplate whether and how to present these memories anew. Continue the exploration of representation and memory with tours of two exhibits on view in the museum galleries, Inspiring Bright April and Documenting the Philadelphia Juneteenth Festival in Germantown.

AAGG consultations will help you trace your ancestors

The African American Genealogy Group (AAGG), a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit founded in 1989, helps all interested in pursuing African American family history and genealogical research. Nationally-acclaimed, regional and local subject matter experts speak at its monthly general membership meetings, open to the public to foster AAGG’s mission. The benefit of members-only special interest groups and DNA analysis sessions will be on display during this Black History month event, as our volunteers share strategies for beginner and intermediate researchers to overcome brick walls and uncover family mysteries.

 Contact info: online form at or email

 African American Genealogy GroupP.O. Box 27356 / Philadelphia, PA 19118   /     /  Follow us on Facebook!


Special Exhibitions will be OPEN




(Saturday) 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Historic Germantown

5501 Germantown Avenue


Lest We Forget Slavery Museum

The Lest We Forget Museum of Slavery provides a unique historical perspective into the reality of slavery for Africans brought to America. It is the only museum of its kind in Philadelphia that exhibits authentic slavery artifacts which include hundreds of shackles, chains, coffles, branding irons and other forms of punishing ironware. 5501 Germantown Avenue (Church Lane entrance)

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