The city of Philadelphia is rich in Black heritage, history and culture.
While the city recognizes and reflects on the role that African-Americans played — and continue to play — in the history of our nation all year long, Black History Month inspires even more celebration across the region.
Below are updated VISIT PHILADELPHIA press releases about historical sites, museums, shops, restaurants and more of interest to African-American travelers anytime of year:
Philadelphia's Underground Railroad Sites
VISIT PHILADELPHIA® has published a detailed guide for visitors and residents interested in exploring the Philadelphia region’s many connections to the Underground Railroad. The six-panel brochure catalogs historical attractions (the Liberty Bell Center, Mother Bethel A.M.E., Belmont Mansion, Johnson House, Fair Hill burial ground), historical markers (London Coffee House, Free African Society and homes of Cyrus Bustill, Frances E.W. Harper, Robert Purvis, William Still, William Whipper) and city and regional libraries, archives and tours.
The brochure is available at the Independence Visitor Center, the African American Museum in Philadelphia, the Johnson House in historic Germantown and more. It is also available online at: visitphilly.com/underground-railroad-in-philadelphia.
Black-Owned Shops, Restaurants, Day Spas & More Boom In Philadelphia
Philadelphia is rich in Black culture, heritage and history. The tradition carries on in Philly’s array of Black-owned and -operated shops, restaurants, galleries and bars. Need some serious comics? Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse. A made-to-measure suit with Super Bowl cred? Damari Savile. Place to spend the night? West Philadelphia’s Philly music-maker-themed Akwabaa Inn. Have a long list of great people to gift shop for? Options for the perfect something abound.
Here’s a traveler-tailored list of some of the city’s standout Black-owned businesses.
African-American Historic Attractions Thrive In Philly
Just as U.S. history is African-American history, Philadelphia history is African-American history. The nation’s birthplace is home to the founding church of the African Methodist Episcopal denomination (203-year-old Mother Bethel A.M.E.) and the country’s first major museum devoted to Black American history (African American Museum in Philadelphia).
Landmarks from Philadelphia’s Historic District to Historic Germantown tell of the successes, struggles and contributions of African-Americans through the centuries. A newer example: Philadelphia City Hall’s Octavius V. Catto Memorial, depicting the bravery of the staunch civil rights advocate.
Here are Philadelphia museums, landmarks, churches and other sites rich in African-American history.