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Before Stonewall: The Gay Pride Movement in Philadelphia

On July 4, 1965, 7 women and 33 men picketed in front of Philadelphia’s Independence Hall.  On the very spot where Americans first asserted their rights and liberties, this small group of activists demanded equality for gays and lesbians. From these humble beginnings would emerge the Annual Reminder picket, one of the first organized gay rights demonstrations in the country.


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Abolition and the Liberty Bell: Dr. Emma Lapsansky

Emma Lapsansky presents the changing meaning and scope of historical symbols, celebrations, and collections over time.

“Remember the Women”: Holly Holst

Holly Holst considers how people in the Women's suffrage movement made symbolic use of Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. By so doing, the leaders of the suffrage campaign were able to link their pursuit of the vote back to the ideals of the American Revolution.

Perspectives on the Civil Rights Movement in the North: Dr. Tom Sugrue

Thomas Sugrue tells the story of the civil rights movement in the North and comments that, while it was similar to the movement in the South, the nature of the struggle for equality in the North was vastly different. This lecture was given on the second floor of Independence Hall, an important site of protests during the civil rights movement.

Creation of Independence Mall: Dr. Charlene Mires

Charlene Mires discusses the creation of the space known as Independence Mall and Independence National Historical Park. Through her lecture you can experience the dramatic evolution of a few city blocks in Philadelphia through the 20th century.