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Memorial Ceremony for the Byberry Township African American Burial Ground

November 12, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

On Sunday, November 12th from 1pm – 2pm, all are welcome to the first acknowledgement, honor and blessing of the free & formerly enslaved African Americans interred at the Byberry Township African American Burial Ground, est. 1780.

We will hear the soulful sounds of 2023 Pew Fellow & percussionist Karen Smith, followed by words of ancestral wisdom from Temple University Professor of Africology, Dr. Ifetayo Flannery.

Songs to Sing (lyrics will be provided):

. . . Swing Low Sweet Chariot

. . . Hush, Somebody’s Calling My Name

The program is presented in partnership with The Society to Preserve Philadelphia African American Assets & The Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia. This project is funded by a grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Henry A. Jordan Preservation Excellence Fund to create an interpretive plan for the historic Byberry Township African American Burial Ground in Northeast Philadelphia.

*Parking will be available.

*Accessibility to the site can be difficult for those with impaired mobility. Please reach out so we can offer proper assistance if necessary.