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June 19, 2021, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

April 18, 2021  1: p.m. to 3 p.m.

As a part of Reopen House Day, Johnson House garden and grounds will be open and limited tours will be available by appointment only. To RSVP, email us at

From 2: p.m. to 3 p.m. meet re-enactor Wendy Burton as she portrays Lucy Douglass. Lucy and her husband,  John Douglass (“Dugles”) were African American abolitionists who lived in a “log-cabin” in Germantown. The Douglasses made shoes, probably with leather from the Johnson’s tannery. They were able to work on the farms or even as paid servants of Johnsons and others – and also“work the neighborhood”. If John and Lucy openly talked about William Lloyd Garrison, the Liberator paper, and anti-slavery, then there must have been a climate to do so.

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Virtual Author Talk and Q & A
They Carried Us: The Social Impact of Philadelphia’s Black Women Leaders

Tuesday, February 16, 6:30 PM

Join Johnson House Historic Site for a virtual author event for Black History Month, where you will hear authors, Allener Baker-Rogers and Fasaha Traylor will discuss their book They Carried Us, featuring inspiring stories of black women in Philadelphia beginning in 1694 to 2020. Historical research and original interviews of contemporary women squarely place Philadelphia’s black women on center stage. These are the inspiring stories of Black women in one of the country’s most important cities. They let no obstacle deter them from changing the game.

Baker-Rogers and Fasaha Traylor research documents that many worked together directly. Others drew inspiration from those who came before. Their power came not just from what they did as individuals, but from how their efforts snowballed into a Philadelphia community of women which spanned geographies, sectors and time. The authors’ experiences as activists, researchers and educators – and their own experiences of frequently being the “only black women in the room” – fill the book not just with facts, but with genuine empathy.

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Food for Freedom 

Feeding Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad
Featuring Chef Gail Hinson

Wednesday, February 24, 6:30 PM

While we may know of the heroic tales of Harriet Tubman’s efforts to escape enslavement, then return 13 times to the south to rescue enslaved Africans, her connection to food for survival and the role it played in the Underground Railroad has been overlooked. Food played a vital role in both Harriet Tubman’s life and in helping enslaved Africans journey through the Underground Railroad. Those escaping enslavement would have foraged, fished, hunted and snuck food from stores or kitchens along the UGRR route.

Chef Gail Hinson will take us on a journey of what it was like to travel the UGRR, concentrating on the foodways along the route. She will be speaking to us from Johnson House, a “station” on the UGRR, located in the Germantown section of Philadelphia and vital to the abolitionist anti-slavery movement during the 1800s. Tubman was rumored to have met at the Johnson House where she may have guided them to Quaker Lucretia Mott’s nearby home in Cheltenham.

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