Black History in the Philadelphia Landscape

Main Point Books, Radnor Memorial Library, and Radnor Historical Society welcome author Amy Jane Cohen's new book from Temple University Press, "Black History in the Philadelphia Landscape: Deep Roots, Continuing Legacy."

This event will happen at Radnor Memorial Library, in the Winsor Room, at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, February 28. Reservations are requested via Eventbrite; walk-ins are welcome.

Books can be ordered in advance and will be available at the event. If you'd like a signed copy mailed to you, use the purchase link below.


About the Book

Black Philadelphians have shaped Philadelphia history since colonial times. In Black History in the Philadelphia Landscape, Amy Cohen recounts notable aspects of the Black experience in Philadelphia from the late 1600s to the 1960s and how this history is marked in the contemporary city. She charts Charles Blockson’s efforts to commemorate the Pennsylvania slave trade with a historical marker and highlights Richard Allen, who founded Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church.

Cohen also describes the path to erecting a statue of civil rights activist Octavius Catto at Philadelphia’s City Hall and profiles international celebrities Marian Anderson and Paul Robeson who are honored in the city. At the end of each chapter, she includes suggestions to continue readers’ exploration of this important cultural heritage.

Showing how increased attention to the role of African Americans in local and national history has resulted in numerous, sometimes controversial, alterations to the landscape, Cohen guides readers to Black history’s significance and its connections with today’s spotlight on racial justice.

Event date: 

Wednesday, February 28, 2024 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Event address: 

Radnor Memorial Library
Wayne, PA 19087


Black History in the Philadelphia Landscape: Deep Roots, Continuing Legacy By Amy Jane Cohen, Wendell E. Pritchett (Foreword by) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781439923658
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Temple University Press - February 2nd, 2024