An Underground Railroad Station and Museum in Philadelphia
24th – The Good Raised Up, a original work of a “sung story” created by Philadelphia artists, storyteller Charlotte Blake-Alston and jazz violinist John Blake,Jr. that will recount a fateful night when a community came together at the Johnson House to conceal escaped slaves from a search party seeking to return “futgitives” to slavery. This historically resonant musical tapestry will premiere at a free festival.
23rd – June 30th – Hidden City Festival, sound-based and movement -based art will spotlight the history of this little-known historic site – the founding of America, the exclusion of people of color from America’s promise, and the civic and social landscape of Germantown. Take a atour — real and imageined – but historically based – to learn about the House’s history as the epicenter of an important battle of the the American Revolution, as a stop on the Underground Roailroad, and as a place where non-violence, abolitionism, and civic participation were practiced actively and persistently.
15th – Juneteenth National Freedom Day Celebration, celebration of the 148th anniversary of Juneteenth, the passage and ratification of the 13th Amendment to the US Constitution that commemorates the end of slavery. Features all day family oriented activities, reenactments, food, music, exhibits, vendors market and guided tours about the abolition movement in the house where runaway freedom seekers were hidden by the Johnsons, a family of Quakers.
4th – Welcome America Celebration: Ring out Freedom and Independence in Germantown, program celebrating independence representing three historic sites: Cliveden of the National Trust; Concord School House; and the Johnson House Historic Site. Featuring reenactments; Bell Ringing by Sons of the American Revolution, guided tours storytelling about the abolition movement
8th – August 16th – Walking & Working Together/UBUNTO Summer Camp Tour, day camp group tour focused upon the importance of working and walking together to achieve freedom This education adventure aims to help students to understand the value and challenges of working together to achieve FREEDOM and HOPE in historic and modern-day Germantown during the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.
3rd – Jazz in the Garden, a summer benefit, featuring an afternoon of food, music featuring local jazz musicians and fun on the historic grounds surrounding the Johnson House!Guided house museum tours.
5th – Revolutionary Germantown Festival, festival featuring reenactment of the Battle of Germantown; guided museum tours (storytelling of the abolition movement, runaway freedom seekers and the Johnsons, a family of Quakers); walking tours of other area historic sites; family friendly educational activities; and public informational tables
27th – Kwanzaa Family Celebration –Journey through African Storytelling, African drumming, arts and crafts and historic cultural foods; presented to assist in guiding youth and families to adopt the principles of Kwanzaa, that support African Americans to live a life filled with a positive purpose.