Destinations for African American Heritage in Philadelphia

​The Colored Girls Museum is a memoir museum, which honors the stories, experiences, and history of Colored Girls. This museum initiates the ordinary” object—submitted by the colored girl herself, as representative of an aspect of her story and personal history, which she finds meaningful; her object embodies her experience and expression of being a Colored Girl. The Colored Girls Museum is headquartered in the historic neighborhood of Germantown in Philadelphia, an area renowned for its compliment of historic buildings and homes.

The Colored Girls Museum

The John Coltrane House is a historic house at 1511 33rd Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. A National Historic Landmark, it was the home of American saxophonist and jazz pioneer John Coltrane from 1952 until 1958.

The John Coltrane House​

The Marian Anderson Historical Residence Museum is the Epi-Center for the Life and Legacy of Marian Anderson. The understated exterior of the 19th century, 3-story Marian Anderson House at 762 South Martin Street (Marian Anderson Way- in-between 19th &20th & Fitzwater Street in Center City West Rittenhouse Square District ) bears a plaque from the Philadelphia Historical Commission. Declared a Historic Landmark by the state of Pennsylvania & The Marian Anderson Residence Museum has been placed on the National Register Of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior.  

Marian Anderson Historical Residence Museum

The Underground Railroad Museum at Belmony Mansion is dedicated to colonial history and the network of people and places known as the "underground railroad." Built in the early eighteenth century, the Mansion is one of the finest examples of Palladian architecture in the United States and is now an underground railroad museum open to the public for tours.

The Underground Railroad Museum at Belmont Mansion

Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, the first African Methodist Episcopal Church in the nation, was founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1794 by Richard Allen, a former slave. It is the oldest church property in the United States to be continuously owned by African Americans and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1972.

Mother Bethal A.M.E. Church

In the 1790s, at The President's House location at Sixth and Market Streets, Presidents George Washington and John Adams lived and conducted their executive branch business. Washington brought some of his enslaved Africans to this site and they lived and toiled with other members of his household during the years that our first president was guiding the experimental development of the young nation toward modern, republican government.​

The President's House

The Paul Robeson House and Museum was the home of internationally renowned American bass-baritone concert singer, actor of film and stage, All-American and professional athlete, writer, multi-lingual orator, human rights activist, and lawyer Paul Robeson from 1966 until 1976. accessible to all ages and cultures.

Paul Robeson House and Museum

During the 19th century, and for several generations beyond,   The Johnson House was owned by a family of Quaker abolitionists who worked with other European Americans, and African Americans — free and enslaved, to secure safe passage to freedom along the extensive network of clandestine routes and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad.

The Johnson House

Historic Site

The African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP), is a revolutionary museum of its time as the first institution built by a major US city dedicated to collecting, preserving, and interpreting the life and work of African Americans and the people of the African Diaspora.

The African American Museum in Philadelphia

From Colonial times, to the struggle for freedom and civil rights to the present, Philadelphia has served as home to African  American abolitionists, activists, artists, music legends and religious and cultural institutions which helped fashion Philadelphia and the nation.