Philly Welcomes New African American Exhibit

Take a trip back in time and immerse yourself in African American culture by visiting The African American Museum’s  (AAMP) newest and first permanent exhibit opening June 19.

"The experience really needs a headquarters from which you can go forth. AAMP with its new exhibition fits that role perfectly," Meryl Levits, president and chief executive of the greater Philadelphia Tourism and Marketing Corp., told

The new core exhibit, "Audacious Freedom: African Americans in Philadelphia 1776-1876", allows visitors to see through the eyes of their black ancestors and truly understand what they created and how they impacted society today.

Visitors will be able to see how people lived, worked, struggled, fought for freedom and hear the stories they told.

“When entering the museum, visitors will be welcomed with a general overview of the exhibition Gallery 1, including an interactive timeline, highlighting a sequence of images, all drawn from the historical record, that span 100 years of history. The images found on the timeline will illuminate and explore topics of relevance including entrepreneurship, environment, education, religion, and family tradition,” the museum explained.

The museum, located at 701 Arch Street, spent $4.5 million to prepare its interior for the two-gallery exhibit, according to

The exhibit is expected to greatly impact the African American community.

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