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Muslims in Pennsylvania - Creating Community

When Muslim slaves were brought into the U.S. in the 17th century from West African shores, one of their stops was Pennsylvania. And in the early years of the 20th century, as African Americans migrated from the South to industrial centers in the North, a number of Muslim immigrants and African Americans found common ground in their shared faith, Islam. They convened near Broad Street. Many decades later, through waves of immigration and conversion, Islam and Muslims have become vital parts of the Keystone State's socio-cultural fabric.

Pennhurst and the Struggle for Disability Rights

This program commemorates the 30th anniversary of the closing of Pennhurst State School and Hospital (November 1987), a state-funded and managed institution for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  In the age of eugenics, Pennhurst was imagined as a model facility, and a solution to the problem of hereditary 'feeblemindedness.'  Instead it became a nightmare institution where exploitation, abuse, and medical experimentation were commonplace.  Over eight decades (1908-1987), more than 10,600 citizens were incarcerated at Pennhurst. 

A History of Fast Food

One in seven Americans ate fast food today. Did you? In anticipation of National Fast Food Day (celebrated on November 16), food historian Andrew F. Smith will dive into the history of this $110-billion-dollar industry in America.

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The Fearless and Forgotten Warner Mifflin: Quaker Abolitionist of the New Nation

Warner Mifflin—energetic, uncompromising, and reviled—was the key figure connecting the abolitionist movements before and after the American Revolution. A descendant of one of the pioneering families of William Penn's "Holy Experiment," Mifflin upheld the Quaker pacifist doctrine, carrying the peace testimony to Generals Howe and Washington across the blood-soaked Germantown battlefield and traveling several thousand miles by horse up and down the Atlantic seaboard to stiffen the spines of the beleaguered Quakers, harried and exiled for their neutrality during the war for independence.

Monumental Questions

People across the nation are raising questions of who should be commemorated with monuments and the meanings of these monuments to different groups of people and at different times in history.  Here in Philadelphia, the Rizzo statue has been at the nexus of discussion and protest, but there are many conversations to have about appropriateness - from William Penn and George Washington to Columbus and Octavius Catto.