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Celebrate Black History Month at these 4 Locations

  1. Smith Memorial Playground, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    The mission of Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse is to provide and promote opportunities for unstructured free play for children. Located in East Fairmount Park, it has been a treasured destination for more than 100 years.

    Their Black History Month exhibit, Leaders and Legends of North Philadelphia, will celebrate their opening day on February 6 with a ribbon cutting at 12pm. The exhibit will celebrate African American individuals and organizations that have become a part of North Philadelphia’s history and have inspired us.

    Bring the family out to see displays of each honoree which include biographical information, highlighted facts for caregiver to “Quiz the Kids”, and suggested Philadelphia landmarks, activities, and reading dedicated to or inspired by each honoree that families can explore after they leave Smith.

    The exhibit will be open from February 6-28, 2021.
    3500 Reservoir Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19121

  2. MLK Day Walk of Dreams on the Richmond Greenway, Richmond, California
    This 2-mile trail is open to walkers and bikers, and it is bordered by 32 acres of community-designed artwork, urban agriculture and recreational space.

    The Watershed Project invites you to write a sentence, phrase, or even a word to convey your dream for Richmond using an interactive online whiteboard. They will transcribe your dream onto a colorful strip of fabric that will be tied to the living sculptures located near 20th St and near 17th St on the Richmond Greenway. If you live near the Richmond Greenway and happen to be passing by, you may write your dream on a blank piece of fabric on the sculptures which are available on the Greenway.

    The exhibit will be displayed through February, 26, 2021.

  3. Alexandria’s Black History Driving Tour, Alexandria, Virginia
    This self-guided tour with 8 stops provides visitors with the rich history of Alexandria and the black lives that shaped it.

    The tour begins at Barrett Branch Library, site of one of the first sit-ins in 1939 and continues to the Alfred Street Baptist Church, Edmonson Sisters Statue and 4 other historic locations before ending at the Fort Ward Musuem and Historic Site.

    Open year-round
    , though spots along the tour may have reduced hours or be closed right now, due to Covid.

  4. The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
    Opened in 2004, their mission is to reveal stories of freedom’s heroes, from the era of the Underground Railroad to contemporary times, challenging and inspiring everyone to take courageous steps for freedom today.

    Located on the banks of the Ohio River in Cincinnati, the museum presents exhibits that illuminate the true meaning of inclusive freedom. Learn of freedom’s heroes from the time period of the Underground Railroad through now with the various inspirational exhibits.

    Open Wednesday through Sunday year-round.

January 29, 2021

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