Journey to Sanctuary

The Philadelphia Story of Faith and Transformation in the Second Great Migration of African-Americans from the South

Philadelphia’s rich cultural history will be celebrated through the immersive, multifaceted storytelling experience of migration, stories that are relevant to generations of families that are old and new residents of the City. African Americans who arrived in Philadelphia from the South during the Second Great Migration (1940-1970) changed the fabric of the City of Brotherly Love. Many of those who braved the difficult journey found sanctuary in the city’s well-established faith communities and growing cultural life. African American churches facilitated the passage for those coming to the Delaware Valley and became centers of community life and political activism. By exploring relevant humanities themes, Journey to Sanctuary seeks to add to the scholarship and visually share the story of the lesser-documented Second Wave of the Great Migration, which was larger and more diverse than the First Wave. The project’s themes examine how second wave migrants, their descendants, and existing Philadelphia residents navigated the explosive population growth; clash of cultures; diverse opportunities and threats; the cultural renaissance and political activism precipitated by the migration.

Saturday, June 22 at 2 pm 

Cost: $10 Reservations are required.  MAKE RESERVATIONS ONLINE or call 215-438-1861

Julie Rainbow is a social activist artist, who integrates critical thinking with 25 years of social work experience. She studied economics at Spelman College and a MSS from the Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. She was awarded a 2014 Art and Change Grant from the Leeway Foundation.

Tacony - A Utopian Victorian Factory Town

A lecture by Louis Iatarola, Jr.

FOR MEMBERS ONLY – Tacony is a community carved out of the banks of the Delaware River in the lower northeast portion of the City of Philadelphia.  Originally settled by the Lenni Lenapes, the community evolved from a sleepy fishing and railroad village in the mid-nineteenth century to a planned community at the forefront of the Industrial Revolution.

Envisioning a community free of the urban ills that plagued his sprawling factory close to the center of town, Henry Disston purchased approximately 390 acres of land in Tacony in 1871, reserving 40 for his factory.  He laid out streets with ample lots designed for homes to be sold or rented to his employees.  A park was laid out in the center of the community and deed restrictions were imposed on all lots within his tract, prohibiting offenses that would interfere with stable family life, such as facilities for the sale or manufacture of alcohol.

Nearly 130 years later, Tacony is a shining example of the foresight of Henry Disston.  His creation of a utopian Victorian factory town is evident today in the diversity of architecture, religion, ethnicity, and wealth status that make Tacony unique.  His deed restrictions are still in effect in the original Disston tract in Tacony.

Saturday, July 20 at 2:00 pm  MEMBERS ONLY – Call 215-438-1861

Following the lecture, Executive Director, Diane Richardson, presents the 2018 Annual Report