Rev. Richard Allen History Maker

Black History Month Programming

Throughout the month of February, the Betsy Ross House will offer free programming on weekends celebrating the contributions Black Americans have made throughout our nation’s history.  The schedule is as follows:

Saturday, February 5, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.:  Meet Frances Harper – Harper was an American abolitionist, suffragist, poet, teacher, public speaker, and writer. Beginning in 1845, she was one of the first African-American women to be published in the United States.  Visitors will hear her first-person accounts of her fascinating life. FREE

Saturdays, February 12, 19 & 26, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.:  Meet Rev. Richard Allen – Reverend Allen was a minister, educator, writer, and one of America's most active and influential Black leaders. In 1794, he founded the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME), the first independent Black denomination in the United States and opened its first church here in Philadelphia.  Meet the man, himself, and hear about his journey from enslaved person to powerful religious leader and abolitionist.  FREE

Sundays, February 6, 13, 20 & 27, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.:  Once Upon A Nation Storytelling – Our award-winning storytellers share short, interactive and little-known tales about Black Americans through history.  FREE