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Journey to Sanctuary: The Philadelphia Story of Faith and Transformation in the Second Great Migration of African Americans in the South

June 22, 2019 2-3 PM
at Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion

Philadelphia's rich cultural history will be celebrated through the immersive, multifaceted storytelling
experience of migration, stories that are relevant to generations of families that are old and new
residents of the City. African Americans who arrived in Philadelphia from the South during the Second
Great Migration (1940-1970) changed the fabric of the City of Brotherly Love. Many of those who braved
the difficult journey found sanctuary in the city's well-established faith communities and growing
cultural life. African American churches facilitated the passage for those coming to the Delaware Valley
and became centers of community life and political activism. By exploring relevant humanities
themes, Journey to Sanctuary seeks to add to the scholarship and visually share the story of the lesser-
documented Second Wave of the Great Migration, which was larger and more diverse than the First
Wave. The project's themes examine how second wave migrants, their descendants, and existing
Philadelphia residents navigated the explosive population growth; clash of cultures; diverse
opportunities and threats; the cultural renaissance and political activism precipitated by the migration.

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