The Great Migration: A City Transformed (1916-30)

15 Apr - 15 Jun 2016
Scribe Video Center, 4212 Chestnut Street, 3rd Floor, Philadelphia


Sonic Migration by Mendi and Keith Obadike. Photo by Carlton Jones.


Standing at the Scratch Line, Julie Dash, film still.


Standing at the Scratch Line, Julie Dash, film still.


Ancestral Correspondence, Lonnie Graham, film still.

Scribe Video Center presents The Great Migration: A City Transformed, a multimedia exhibition exploring the history and impact of the Great Migration (1916–30) on Philadelphia, when blacks fled the South for economic opportunities in the Northern states, giving rise to new African American neighborhoods. Based on oral histories from Philadelphia residents who experienced the Great Migration first-hand, several artists created site-specific installations, interactive games, and audio tours to contribute to a comprehensive narrative of this significant cultural event.