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In Her Own Right Digital Project Launches!


Women’s suffrage did not happen in a vacuum, rather it was the result of decades of women moving out of the home and into the schools and workplaces. The Philadelphia region has a strong tradition of progressing women’s rights and opportunities for education, work, and other activities. Additionally, the city’s role as a center for African-American politics and culture, as well as institutions such as the world’s first medical college for women, mark the region as a significant center for civil rights.


A Statement from HSP

Black lives do matter. Knowing that and feeling that, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania joins public outrage at police brutality and vigilante violence against African Americans. As a repository of history, we know the importance of taking a hard look at our past so that we can build a better future. Making a clear-eyed analysis, it is certain that our nation has been too slow to address racial discrimination. Repression is wrong; every life has meaning.

"The Long Journey to Abolishing Slavery" Display through February 21

“The Long Journey to Abolishing Slavery in the United States” document display is now available to view through February 21. The release of the film, “Harriet” in November, 2019 as well as the commemoration of Black History Month provides a perfect moment to display collections documenting the abolition movement from its very beginnings in England to the abolishment of slavery in the United States in 1865. The display is free and open to the public during regular library hours.



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