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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!

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 $59.00

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. The bell first cracked when rung after its arrival in Philadelphia, and was twice recast by local workmen John Pass and John Stow, whose last names appear on the bell.

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.

 

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

Tour Cost $55.00

The Belmont Mansion -  Visit Belmont Mansion, located in beautiful and spacious Fairmont Park.  Built in the early 18th century, this historic mansion was once a stop on the Underground Railroad and is now an Underground Railroad museum.  Before you leave, make sure to observe the stunning view of the Philadelphia skyline from the mansion grounds.  Then, prepare for a culinary treat at the Reading Terminal Market where you will have lunch on your own.  End the day at the African American Museum in Philadelphia, the nation's first institution build 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 .
 

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

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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