Port of Philadelphia, 1761 – Courtesy, Independence Seaport Museum
July 19, 2016 – Philadelphia
Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission approved State Historical
Marker commemorating the Pennsylvania Slave Trade at Penn’s Landing
Philadelphia, PA, July 19, 2016 – The Pennsylvania Slave Trade is among 23
state historical markers recently approved by the Pennsylvania Historical and
Museum Commission (PHMC).
Charles L. Blockson, Curator Emeritus of the Charles L. Blockson AfroAmerican
Collection, Temple University Libraries submitted the nomination along with letters
of support from members of the community. The dedication of the official state
historical marker commemorating the Pennsylvania Slave Trade will take place on
Friday, August 5, 2016 at 1:00 PM near the Independence Seaport Museum, 211
South Christopher Columbus Boulevard in Philadelphia.
The text of the Marker will read:
THE PENNSYLVANIA SLAVE TRADE
African people, first enslaved by the Dutch and Swedes, survived the brutal voyage
from Africa to the Caribbean islands and the Americas, debarking on the Delaware
River waterfront as early as 1639. William Penn, other Quakers, and Philadelphia
merchants purchased and enslaved Africans. As the institution of slavery increased,
these courageous people persevered and performed integral roles in building
Pennsylvania and the nation.
Research identifying all ports of entry for Africans during the 350 years of the
transatlantic human trade, identifies the Port of Philadelphia on the Delaware River
as one of more than 175 middle passage ports in 50 nations of North, Central and
South America, the Caribbean, and Europe.
Established in 2013, The Philadelphia Middle Passage Ceremony & Port Marker
Project (PhillyMPC), along with Project Coordinator, Denise Valentine, worked to
gather support for the nomination and to raise funds for the installation of the
historical marker. On June 2nd, each year, PhillyMPC commemorates the Africans
who perished in the Middle Passage by observing Ancestral Remembrance Day on
This year Ancestral Remembrance Day on Penn’s Landing will be observed on
August 5 th to coincide with the unveiling of the Pennsylvania Slave Trade historical
PHMC and the Charles L. Blockson AfroAmerican
Collection invites you to be a part of this significant occasion. RSVP to Serkaddis Alemayehu by Monday, August 1, 2016 at 2152044590 or firstname.lastname@example.org.