The Atwater Kent Museum of Philadelphia (AKMP) is the city's official history museum with a collection of 100,000 artifacts, print materials, and paintings documenting 300 years of urban experience. The museum's Quest for Freedom presentations for school and after-school students are based on 10 extraordinary artifacts, prints, and paintings from the AKMP Philadelphia City History Collection spanning the period from 1692 to 1871. The stories of the objects create a narrative, weaving together the history of Philadelphia's pivotal role in the Underground Railroad and the anti-slavery movement. Rare artifacts, including a child's dress sold at a free labor fair in the 1840s and a silver urn presented to an attorney who worked with the African-American Vigilance Committee, highlight how people from many backgrounds worked to assist those escaping bondage and end slavery. From January 2008 to January 2009, more than 1,100 children have experienced the AKMP Quest for Freedom learning experiences. The AKMP program is a partnership with the statewide Quest for Freedom initiative and the local effort promoted by the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation.
Visitor Information: Currently open to public.
Location: Atwater Kent Museum, 15 South 7th Street, Philadelphia, 19106
National Park Unit: No
Ownership: Viki Sand
Location Type: Program