May 17: Arch Street Meeting House

On Tuesday from 10-11 a.m., we’ll be speaking to the staff — including the performers who portray historic figures such as Betsy Ross, Thomas Jefferson and, of course, Octavius Catto, on the streets of Philadelphia — of Historic Philadelphia at the Arch Street Meeting House at Fourth and Arch Streets.  This is a Historic Philadelphia event only, and our first time telling the story of Tasting Freedom to professional story tellers.  Should be fun.   We’ll be signing books afterward.

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A Call to Arms

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This broadside is eight feet high and was seen on windows in downtown Philadelphia in June, 1863, as black leaders called a meeting to convince black men to join the Union Army prior to Gettysburg.