Celebrating Black History Month In Philadelphia!

Black History Month in Philadelphia

‘Special Museum Attractions, Tours, Performances, Film Screenings and More!’

Black History Month is celebrated annually in the month of February, reflecting on the roles that African Americans played and who continue to play in our history!

The city of Philadelphia and its many museums and other institutions recognize Black History Month with exhibits, film screenings, discussions, special events and performances and much more.

Here is our Guide of Black History Month in Philly!

Black Pulp! at the African American Museum

Enjoy a visual overview of the Black experience that spans from the early twentieth-century America to today. For more details, click here.

When: February 2 – April 29

Cost: Adults $14  |  children ages 4 – 12 $10  |  Students $10

Location: African American Museum - 701 Arch Street

Audacious Freedom: African Americans in Philadelphia 1776-1876

This exhibit recounts the stories of and contributions made by people of African descent in Philadelphia during the tumultuous years following the founding of our nation. Through this exhibit visitors will learn who the people were, how they lived and worked, and their unheralded impact on our nation.

When: Permanent Display

Cost: Adults $14  |  children ages 4 – 12 $10  |  Students $10

Location: African American Museum - 701 Arch Street

Henry “Box” Brown: A Hip Hop Musical

Henry “Box” Brown — a slave who read and wrote poetry, sang in a church choir and practiced magic and hypnosis — mailed himself from Virginia to Philadelphia in 1849 and performed all around the world once freed. See hip-hop legend Karl “Dice Raw” Jenkins star in this musical about Brown’s fascinating life. This is a hip-hop musical. For details and tickets, click here.

When: February 1 – 18

Cost: $30 – $50  |  Get Tickets

Location: The Community College of Philadelphia – Bonnell Auditorium ~ 1700 Spring Garden Street

Black History Month at the Free Library of Philadelphia

Enjoy poetry, workshops, movies screenings, bingo and more. For many of the activities & events, click here.

When: February 1 – 28

Cost: Free

Location: Free Library of Philadelphia1901 Vine St

The Slave Narratives

More than 2,300 first-person accounts of former slaves were documented in the 1930s as part of the Federal Writers’ Project (FWP). Visitors will look at the lives of six former slaves who tell the story of their lives before and after slavery. For more details, click here.

When: February 9

Time: 7 pm – 10 pm

Cost: $15  |  Get Tickets

Location: Venice Island at Performing Arts Recreation Center – 7 Lock Street, Philadelphia

Tell Them We Are Rising: Preview Screening and Panel Discussion at WHYY Studios

WHYY Studios presents a screening called “Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities”.  This documentary film is about the unexplored history of America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities and how they helped shape the course of the nation. There will be a panel discussion on the film and the advancement of civil rights follows the screening.

When: February 13

Cost: SOLD OUT  |  Get Tickets

Location: WHYY ~ 150 North 6th Street

Black History Month at the Independence Visitor Center

Enjoy free stories about African Americans who have broken down barriers, and their role in U.S. history, at the Once Upon a Nation Storytelling Bench inside the Independence Visitor Center.

When: February 16,17, 18 & 19

Time: 10 am – 4 pm

Cost: FREE

Location: Independence Visitor’s Center6th and Market Streets

Penn Museum’s 29th Annual Celebration of African Cultures

Guests can enjoy traditional African music and dance, an African Jazz Connection workshop, dance and drumming workshops, puppetry, storytelling, an African marketplace, art-making, games, gallery tours, film, and even African animal yoga for children! You can also visit the Museum’s African Galleries the whole month of February

When: February 24

Time: 11 am – 4 pm

Cost:  Free with Museum admission  |  $15 Adults  |  $10 Children ages 6 – 17

Location: Held at Penn Museum in their Museum’s Africa Galleries  |  3260 South Street

Black History Month at the National Constitution Center

Visitors will enjoy self-guided tours showcase the many rare artifacts on display, including the signed Emancipation Proclamation and items from former President Barack Obama’s inauguration.

When: Whole Month of February

Cost: Adults $14.50  |  Children ages 6 – 18 $11

Location: National Constitution Center ~ 525 Arch Street


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