The Great Migration created the first large and booming metropolis Black communities in the north. The first Great Migration occurred between 1910-1930, amounting to over 1.6 million African Americans fleeing from their southern homes for a better life in the north and mid-west. During the second Great Migration in 1940-1970, over 5 million African Americans migrated from the south to Los Angeles, Oakland and Long Beach, California, and other western, northern and mid-western metropolitan cities. Philadelphia, PA is a part of these awe-inspiring and magnificent cities that has had a monumental hand in molding Black America’s best and brightest. The Philadelphia flag even resonates beauty; the flag of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania consists of three vertical stripes of equal width (blue, yellow, blue) with the city coat of arms across the center of the yellow stripe (other versions of the Philadelphia flag that omit the coat of arms are also routinely displayed). Philadelphia, PA brings a rich African American history and culture to the world, and what better way to display that then to pay homage to African Americans by building the African American Museum in Philadelphia.
The African American Museum in Philadelphia illustrates the fascinating story of the Black Diaspora, and the amazing story of the African American history and experience. This museum is home to an impressive myriad of art, artifacts, period clothing, furniture, military weapons, industrial tools, musical instruments, photographs, diaries, documents, records, books, journals, paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, fiber and mixed-media works that composes the African American Museum in Philadelphia’s mesmerizing collection. (continued below)
The museum collects and preserves exclusive and primary materials that explain the history, culture, literature, and politics of the peoples of African descent in Philadelphia and throughout the Americas, primarily focusing on the twentieth century. Their artifacts also include records of organizations, institutions, thematic collections; broadsides and playbills, Negro baseball league memorabilia, performing and visual arts, music and books. The African American Museum in Philadelphia explores the Philadelphia story, but it also delves deeper into the Black experience of the Americas and offers an insight into African Diaspora.