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2018 Pre-Conference Tours
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October 9 - October 11, 2018
Philadelphia, PA

Pre-Conference Tours

Philadelphia is a city rich in history - both of our nation and its African-American community.  In order for you to experience these important historical sites for yourselves, we have arranged three days of tours to some of Philadelphia's most important sites.  Be sure to register early as space is limited!

The tours are scheduled to begin at 9:00 AM each day leaving from the hotel and leaving Philadelphia at 4:00 PM to return to the hotel.

Tuesday, October 9, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Tour Cost $59.00

Camp William Penn Museum

Johnson House

Murals, Monuments and Historical Markers

Camp William Penn Museum - Experience with us where the first and largest federal training ground built for United States Colored Troops (USCT) during the Civil War.  Located just outside of Philadelphia, in Chelten Hills, Pennsylvania, African American men from the Keystone State and several other states (both slave and free) trained at Camp William Penn before heading south to fight in the war.

*Break for Lunch on Your Own at the newly renovated Cheltenham Mall.

Join us as we travel back in time at the Johnson House Historic Site which became a vital stop on the Underground Railroad. Here you will acquire an understanding of the audacious men and women who labored for the freedom of others, and gain an appreciation for the courageous decisions made by the enslaved to embark on a perilous, hope-filled journey to freedom.

Then, prepare for a special learning experience as a professional guide gives us a tour of many famous African American murals, monuments and historical markers that enhance the Philadelphia landscape.

Wednesday, October 10, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Tour Cost $55.00

Mother Bethel AME Church

Liberty Bell

President's House

Constitution Center

Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church - Spend the day with us in the Old City, site of the most historic mile in Philadelphia.  We will visit Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, the oldest church property in the United States continuously owned by African Americans.

*Break for lunch on your own at the Bourse Building.

Independence Mall is most famously, the site of the Liberty Bell and of the President’s House where George Washington signed the notorious Fugitive Slave Act and enslaved nine Africans. The Liberty Bell is an iconic symbol of American independence, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Finally, experience the interactive exhibits at the Constitution Center and be inspired by the multi-media performance, "Freedom Rising".


Thursday, October 11, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Tour Cost $55.00

Museum of the American Revolution

(Replacement for Belmont Mansion Tour)  Begin the day at the Museum of the American Revolution and discover the dramatic story of American's fouding.  Enjoy both permanent and special exhibit galleries, object theaters, and recreated historical scenes, bringing to life the original 'greatest generation,' and engaging visitors in the history and modern-day relevance of the American Revolution.

*Break for Lunch on Your Own at the Reading Terminal Market.

Philadelphia Museum of African American History
End the day at the African American Museum in Philadelphia, the nation's first institution built to house and interpret the life and works of African Americans.  Be among the thousands to view the permanent exhibit, "Audacious Freedom: African Americans in Philadelphia 1776-1876", and among the first to experience a new exhibit coming this fall.
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