Hundreds came out for our backpack giveaway this year. Thanks to our sponsors, we were able to giveaway 300 backpacks.
In addition, the Germantown Restoration CDC hosted a forum on after school programs.
Celebrate the spirit of the holidays by giving to someone else! We will carol along the 6300 Block starting at 5PM and then gather at the Johnson House for the basket give-away and refreshments.
August 17th, Our Community School Supply Give Away turned out great! 140 Backpacks stuffed with goodies to the brim was given away. As we grow this event each year – we hope to serve the community and their needs.
Those that came to the Concord School House & Upper Burial Ground were not only grateful to receive the backpacks, they also got a quick tour of the one-room Concord School House built in the 1800s.
We also had a visit from Councilwoman Cindy Bass.
9:45 AM – Libation and Drumming Ceremony – Led by Ausar Auset, Corner of Germantown Avenue & Wister Street – First Protest Against Slavery Marker
10:00 AM – “FREEDOM WALK” Walk from the Historic Marker designating the “1st 6300 Entire Block Directory – May 13 Protest Against Slavery” – led by the Resurrected Order 1997 Buffalo Soldiers 9th and 10th Calvary, Ausar Auset and the Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church Youth Trinity Drum Line
10:00 AM – Panel Discussion: William Still’s Journal C manuscript and the Underground Railroad – At the Historic Germantown Mennonite Meetinghouse – 6133 Germantown Ave.
- A humanities panel discussion will present the experiences of African American families escaping to freedom and the networks in the Philadelphia-area Underground Railroad that supported the anti-slavery movement.
- The discussion will be facilitated by Dr. Craig Stutman and include presenting scholars: Christopher Densmore, Curator, Swarthmore College, Charlotte Blake Alston, Documentary Narrator, and Phillip Seitz, Curator.
- For more information view the website
10:45AM – Germantown Town Hall – Tour Civil War Hospital & Hidden City Festival Site – 5928 Germantown Avenue
Johnson House – 6306 Germantown Ave
12:30, 2:00, 3:30 PM – “Bearing Witness: Johnson House Speaks Through Inquiry and Performance” featuring Germaine Ingram, Leah Stein and John Phillips
Concord School House – 6309 Germantown Ave
1:00 PM – Meet Henry “Box” Brown at the Concord School House to hear his unique story of freedom – 6309 Germantown Ave
Along 6300 Germantown Avenue
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM – Preventive Health and Community Information Fair
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM Exhibits/Films/Games
- Addy’s World: Life of child during slavery – 6353 Germantown Ave
- The Songhai Princess Movie – continuous showing – 6353 Germantown Ave
- My Slave Sister Myself Film – 6325 Germantown Ave
- Henry Box Brown Guessing Contest – Up Mid Block
12:00 – 4:00 PM – Cultural & Historic Marketplace
Main Stage: At Pomona Street intersection
MC – Howard Cupit
Small Stage: At 6370 Germantown
Brand New Life Christian Center – 6301 Germantown Ave
3:05 PM – “Life & Times of Omar ibn Sayyid” Slave Reenactment – presented by Living History Heritage Project/Images of the Motherland
12:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Historic Germantown Site Tours
- Cliveden – 6401 Germantown Ave
- Concord School House – 6309 Germantown Ave