Johnson House Historic Site, Inc. is one of Philadelphia’s few accessible, intact historic sites and stops on the Underground Railroad open for tours. During the 19th century, and for several generations beyond, the Johnson House was owned by a family of Quaker abolitionists who worked with other European Americans, and African Americans — free and enslaved – to secure safe passage to freedom along the extensive network of clandestine routes and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad. When visiting, you will acquire an understanding of the audacious men and women who labored for the freedom of others and gain an appreciation for the courageous decisions made by enslaved Africans to embark on a perilous, hope-filled journey to freedom.
As Quakers, the abolitionist Johnsons believed in non-violence. They were “infidel practitioners” and advocates of racial equality. Their home was a refuge and safe place for enslaved Africans seeking their way to freedom. The Underground Railroad was a dramatic and effective form of radical protest against a system to enslave Africans for economic profit and to maintain slavery.
“We, the member sites of the Historic Germantown consortium, affirm that Black Lives Matter. We stand in solidarity with Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color communities, and share their grief over lives lost and their goals for social justice. We honor the presence of black and brown residents, activists, and leaders in Northwest Philadelphia. The consortium holds itself accountable to a high standard of inclusion and outreach and acknowledges the deep rifts in our neighborhoods caused by racism, violence, disinvestment, and white supremacy. We condemn these behaviors and structures, holding space to claim our role in making positive changes within our institutions and in the wider world. Historic Germantown sites will continue to tell diverse and fascinating stories that highlight the pride of place, famous firsts, prominent families and grassroots leaders, and the ongoing struggle for freedom. In this work, we will foster greater participation, equity, and opportunity within our community, striving to make the repairs and share the resources necessary to build goodwill and promote social justice now and into the future.”
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Tour days are Fridays and Saturdays only. Time Slots: 12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm, and 3 pm.
Johnson House Historic Site
6306 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144-1908