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  • 09 Feb 2022 9:42 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

     Loathed, feared, and now under attack. Only Eyewitness News has the details on Philadelphia parking officers being attacked while on the job. Disturbing new numbers show just how dangerous their job has become.

    Exclusive: Attacks On Philadelphia Parking Authority Officers Have ‘Risen Dramatically’ Since 2018 (

  • 08 Feb 2022 9:44 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)
    • A man was shot to death in Center City Philadelphia overnight.
    • The man was found on Walnut Street early Tuesday but had been shot nearby at Juniper and Chancellor streets, Philadelphia police said.
    • Police hoped surveillance video and witness statements would help them track down the killer(s).
    Man Gunned Down in Center City Philadelphia (
  • 07 Feb 2022 12:15 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Museum of the American Revolution.


    Black History Month at the Museum

    Explore Stories of Unsung Revolutionaries

    Celebrate Black History Month and explore the stories of unsung Revolutionaries with the Museum this February. Through the Museum’s galleries, special exhibition, events for all ages, and online resources, experience a fuller and more inclusive history of the nation’s beginnings and discover that the Revolutionary story is for everyone.

        Start Exploring    

    “I particularly liked how the story of the Indigenous people and enslaved people are not side notes, as so often is the case. The inclusion of many voices and perspectives was really well done. We will come back!”
    — Visitor Laurie C.

    A man looking at a painting.

    WATCH: Troiani's "Brave Men as Ever Fought"

    Take a closer look at this historic moment

    Watch as Michael Idriss, African American Interpretive Fellow, explores one of Troiani's latest works depicting young James Forten — a free Black Philadelphian, Revolutionary War privateer, and abolitionist — watching Black and Native American troops of the Continental Army's Rhode Island Regiment marching past the Pennsylvania State House en route to Yorktown, Virginia on Sept. 2, 1781.

    Watch Now

    A Black actor in a costume of an 18th century American sailor.

    Upcoming Events

    Don’t Miss These Special Programs

    Special events and programs will explore the essential contributions of free and enslaved people of African descent, including a virtual “Meet James Forten” evening event, a forum on racial understanding, and a Read the Revolution Speaker Series event with Dr. Kari J. Winter.

    Reserve Seats Now

    A water color painting of a Black woman from 18th century America.

    EXPLORE: Finding Freedom Interactive

    People of African descent in war-torn Virginia

    In 1781, over 200,000 enslaved men, women, and children labored in Virginia’s fields, kitchens, stables, and shops. Discover the difficult decisions free and enslaved people of African descent made when the Revolutionary War tore through Virginia. Along the way you'll meet Eve, a young woman trying to keep her family together, 15-year-old trumpeter for the British Army, London, and many others.

    Explore Their Stories

    An actress dressed in 18th century colonial American clothing.

    WATCH: "Meet Elizabeth Freeman"

    First-Person Theatrical Performance

    Watch the original first-person theatrical performance portraying the life and experiences of Elizabeth Freeman, a Massachusetts woman who sued for her freedom from enslavement and won, produced in conjunction with our past special exhibit, When Women Lost the Vote: A Revolutionary Story, 1776-1807. "Meet Elizabeth Freeman" stars Tiffany Bacon as Elizabeth Freeman and was written by Teresa Miller.

    Watch Now

    A group of people wearing face masks and talking in a museum gallery.

    Explore Even More Stories in Our Galleries

    Explore more stories of free and enslaved people of African descent during the Revolutionary era. Meet Deborah Squash, who ran away from Mount Vernon and sought protection with the British Army; Olaudah Equiano, who purchased his own freedom and published a memoir; and Crispus Attucks, a dockworker of African and Native descent killed during the Boston Massacre and considered by many to be the first casualty of the American Revolution.

    Plan Your Visit | Virtual Tour

    A Fool's Errand book cover.

    Shop & Read

    A Fool's Errand by Lonnie Bunch | $29.95

    In its first four months of operation, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture surpassed one million visits and quickly became a cherished, vital monument to the African American experience. And yet this accomplishment was never assured. In A Fool’s Errand, founding director Lonnie Bunch tells what it took to realize this shared dream of many generations.

    Buy The Book

    “One of the aspects I enjoyed was how [the Museum] considers, as an integral part of the story, the difficult choices that had to be made by enslaved Africans and African Americans, by native Americans, and the role and challenges faced by women on different sides of the war.”
    — Visitor Clare C.

    Health & Safety Updates

    All visitors ages 5 and up will be required to show proof of vaccination upon entry; visitors 18 and older must also show a matching valid ID. An original CDC vaccination card or a photo or electronic copy of the card are all acceptable forms of documentation. Proof of a negative COVID test will not be accepted. Masks are required for visitors ages 2 and up. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we navigate these challenging times.

        Learn More    

    View our safety protocols.

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    Museum of the American Revolution
    101 South Third Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 US

  • 03 Feb 2022 1:04 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Mayor Kenney’s signature program has funded rec centers and pre-K. A new report raises questions about where the money goes.

    Philadelphia soda tax under fire: Who wants to see it end? - On top of Philly news (

  • 03 Feb 2022 12:49 PM | Anonymous

    I love to shop and for years my go-to stomping grounds were the plethora of stores along Walnut Street beginning at 18th and ending around Broad. Need is rarely a motivation for my used-to-be frequent excursions from one store to another. I say used-to-be because those fun, wonderful stores filled with new things to see, opportunities to play dress-up and squander time just because, are gone. Zara’s was the first major loss on Walnut, and that was before the pandemic and the riots in 2020, which seemed to kick off the beginning of a downward spiral. I still miss you Zara. 

    And now, it’s just sad. Walking along Walnut Street today is like being in a canyon of boarded store fronts, and sale, lease and rent signs. Goodbye Free People, Steve Madden, Ann Taylor, Loft, Ultra, Modell’s, Stuart Weitzman, Cole Haan, Monaco and too many more. 

    Next time my husband, Ben Zuckerman, is roaming the city taking photos, I hope he’ll find a host of new stores to showcase bringing Walnut Street back to its former shine! 

  • 02 Feb 2022 12:02 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    From a cheese lover’s delight at Di Bruno Bros.’ After Hours events to one of the most difficult (but most definitely worth it) reservations to get in the country at Talula’s Table, the following not-totally-obvious-but-oh-so-awesome spots are worth the effort to seek out.\

    15 Hidden Bars & Restaurants in Greater Philadelphia — Visit Philadelphia (

  • 01 Feb 2022 3:47 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Celebrate Black History Month with special performances, exhibitions and more...

    Things to Do for Black History Month in Philly for 2022 — Visit Philadelphia (

  • 01 Feb 2022 3:31 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    In early January, the Center City District (CCD) distributed a survey to Center City and University City employers to gauge their current stance on in-office and remote work, their plans for the first quarter of 2022, and factors they were weighing in making workplace decisions. The survey was distributed electronically between January 4 and January 21 to members of Central Philadelphia Development Corporation, CCD board member firms and was forwarded by the Building Owners and Managers Association to other downtown office tenants. A total of 250 companies and organizations received the five-minute survey and 114 (45.6%) responded. The respondents represent a broad cross-section of industries and workforce size in Philadelphia; collectively they employ approximately 24,700 workers. Center City and University City companies are continuing to adapt and remain flexible, while strongly valuing the importance of in-office work and a downtown presence.

    For a narrative of trends, along with explanatory charts documenting the survey results, download the 6-page report at-  Remote or In-Office Work? January 2022 Survey Results.

  • 01 Feb 2022 2:55 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    The Lunar New Year is the shift into a new year according to the Lunar calendar. The holiday and celebrations take place during the first 15 days of the first month in the calendar, this year kicking off on Tuesday, February 1st. Although the holiday is commonly known as Chinese New Year, it is widely celebrated across Asia in countries such as Korea, Vietnam, and the Philippines. Traditions and names vary across the participating countries.

    Happy Lunar New Year: 5 Things to Know | Columbia University School of Professional Studies

  • 25 Jan 2022 9:59 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    On Monday, January 24, CCRA sent letters to Council President Darrell Clark, and Councilmembers Kenyatta John and Curtis Jones, supporting the street name change from Taney St. to LeCount St. 

    You can read the letter here.  

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