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Special Events in February
Join Independence National Historical Park as we celebrate African American History Month and President's Day with a wide variety of special programs and events.
 
Henry "Box" Brown emerges from a box as a group of men look on in surprise.

Henry "Box" Brown found his way to freedom in a very unique way. Hear his story and the stories of many others who passed through Philadelphia via the Underground Railroad. ("The Ressurection of Henry Box Brown at Philadelphia, Published by A. Donnelly, N.Y. c.1850)

Library of Congress

Underground Railroad in Philadelphia

Dates: February 1, 7 and 8, 2015
Time: 3:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Independence Visitor Center Theater, Market Street, between 5th and 6th Streets
Cost: FREE

Join a park ranger and learn about the people and places connected to this important era in American history in this engaging slide program. During the 18th and 19th centuries Philadelphia was an important stop on the Underground Railroad.

 
President George Washington in profile by James Sharples, from life, circa 1796.

Understanding his place in history, President elect George Washington shared his hopes that any precedents set by his administration, "be fixed on true principles." (Detail of President George Washington by James Sharples, Sr., from life, c.1796.)

Independence National Historical Park

George Washington Invents the Presidency

Dates: February 14 and 15, 2015
Time: 3:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Independence Visitor Center Theater, Market Street, between 5th and 6th Streets
Cost: FREE

Hear about the precedents set by the nation's first president in this ranger-led gallery tour in honor of President's Day. The U.S. Constitution provides little more than the basics about the role of the chief executive. President Washington summed up the challenges: "I walk on untrodden ground."
 
Engraving of Francis Johnson, seated and holding a brass instrument.

Born in 1792 in Philadelphia, Francis Johnson was the first African American to publish sheet music and may have been the first American musician to tour Europe with a band. In 1837 Johnson and his band played for Queen Victoria at Buckingham Palace.

Historical Society of Pennsylvania
http://digitallibrary.hsp.org/index.php/Detail/Object/Show/object_id/1733

Strike Up the Band: The Life and Music of Francis Johnson

Date: Saturday, February 21, 2015
Time: 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Independence Visitor Center Theater, Market Street, between 5th and 6th Streets
Cost: Free

Be inspired by the extraordinary music and career of Philadelphia's premier African-American bandmaster, Francis Johnson, in this slide show and live performance. Despite social and political barriers, Francis Johnson became on of the most celebrated bandleaders of the early 1800's. Live music to be performed by local historian, storyteller, and blues artist Joe Becton.
 
Side-by-side portraits of Reverends Absalom Jones and Richard Allen.

Reverends Absalom Jones and Richard Allen led Philadelphia's African-American community in responding to the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793. Free Africans risked their lives nursing the sick and dying and burying the dead.

Rev. Absalom Jones from Library of Congress and Rev. Richard Allen courtesy Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church

Crisis in the Capital City: The Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793

Dates: February 22 and 28, 2015
Time: 3:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Independence Visitor Center Theater, Market Street, between 5th and 6th Streets
Cost: FREE

Learn about the human side of the epidemic, including the heroic contributions of the African American community in this gallery tour. Though faced with fear and death, Philadelphians grew stronger and more capable of caring for their fellow citizens as a result of this ordeal.

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