Johnson House Preservation Grant in the Philadelphia Tribune

10 Oct 2013


Johnson House Historic Site. Image courtesy of Hidden City Philadelphia.

The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage's 2013 grant to the Johnson House, a National Historic Landmark and a major African-American historic site in the Philadelphia area, is featured in the Philadelphia Tribune. "Built and owned by a Quaker Family, the Johnson House served as a stop on the Underground Railroad throughout the 1800s," Samaria Bailey wrote, "where slaves seeking freedom were provided with food, clothing, housing and transportation."

Johnson House Executive Director Cornelia Swinson told the Philadelphia Tribune, "This grant will help us continue work to preserve the house, which allows us to be open, more accessible and comfortable to conduct programs. The Johnson House history is very important—to African-Americans and to other cultures—[because] it [tells] the story of the Underground Railroad and the struggle for freedom. There is a compelling need in our national and local discourse to tell the story." Read more >