Historic Germantown’s story circle and paper fan-making workshop with Yolanda Wisher. Photo by Jill Saul.
In conjunction with Historic Germantown's ongoing project Elephants on the Avenue: Race, Class and Community in Historic Germantown, visual artist Diane Pieri and historian Dr. Abigail Perkiss will lead a free bookmaking workshop. Participants will examine the history of coded language used among travelers of the Underground Railroad as they create their own books that include personal memories of cultural traditions, alongside an excerpt of the 1688 Germantown Quaker Petition Against Slavery.
This is event free; advanced registration is encouraged.
Elephants on the Avenue is a series of public programs and community events that use the arts as a catalyst for community dialogue and engagement around race and class in the diverse Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia. Led by collaborating artists and historians, these interpretive programs creatively explore such themes as indifference and respect, racism and tolerance, slavery and abolition, and exclusion and inclusion.