Johnson House Historic Site Germantown

Johnson House Historic Site Germantown Welcome to the Johnson House Historic Site, Philadelphia’s only accessible and intact stop on the
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10/06/2023

Today’s Inquirer front page is about the German immigrants and Johnson House. Please take time to read it

Looking forward to another great celebration in Germantown.
09/25/2023

Looking forward to another great celebration in Germantown.

09/20/2023

The Revolutionary Germantown Festival is three weeks away! To get ready for the festival, sign up for Perspectives on the Battle of Germantown, a fall Mt. Airy Learning Tree class, on Friday, September 22nd at 10:30am. The class will be held at Cliveden, led by our Education Director Carolyn Wallace, and will discuss the 1777 Battle of Germantown and Washington's plan to liberate Philadelphia from British occupation.

To sign up for the class, visit Mt. Airy Learning Tree's website at https://mtairylearningtree.org/. The class fee is $25; spaces are still available. We look forward to seeing you next Friday!

Cliveden during the Battle of Germantown by Edward Lamson Henry, 1874. Courtesy of Cliveden of the National Trust.

06/11/2023

Join us in Germantown for The 17th Annual Philadelphia Juneteenth Festival with the Johnson House Historic Site Germantown!

On Saturday, June 17, 2023, don’t miss a day-long outdoor street festival filled with re-enactments, music, history, culture, food, meaningful conversation, fun and more!

https://www.johnsonhouse.org/juneteenth-festival/

06/21/2022

"Where there is no vision, the people perish..." (Proverbs 29:18)
Well, the 16th annual Philadelphia Juneteenth Festival is a wrap! It was truly a joy to serve as official event photographer on such a perfect Saturday, weather-wise. It was nice seeing so many old friends, as well. Can't believe it's been seven years!!

Over the next few days as I sift through my image files, I will be posting up some of the highlights, starting with today's photo of the Set the Tone Ballroom Dancers, who gave an amazing performance.

I also want to give a special shout out to Cornelia Swinson, executive director of the Johnson House Historic Site Germantown for her leadership, salesmanship, vision, love of community, history and social justice.

Until next time, peace and blessings.

cc Photography By Tieshka Smith

We had a great day to celebrate Juneteenth. The goats are always great
06/19/2022

We had a great day to celebrate Juneteenth. The goats are always great

A great event. Please join us today at 4pm
03/20/2022

A great event. Please join us today at 4pm

03/02/2022

Please go to Philadelphia Orchestra website to watch an incredible program featuring Johnson House. This is why we work so hard to make sure the Steps to Freedom will never be forgotten. The Board will continue to do the hard but gratifying work. The house is the artifact! Thank you Rep Steven Kinsey

01/07/2022

This is why we continue to focus on community engagement. Thanks to the team at Johnson House

06/19/2021

We had an incredible festival. Many friends came out. The rain held off until 4:15. Thanks who all who came out to support us on this incredible day

Thank you Axel. It was a great event
02/25/2021

Thank you Axel. It was a great event

You're invited to Food for Freedom - Click here to RSVP

02/18/2021

Rep. Dwight Evans has been a familiar face in Mt. Airy and Northwest circles for decades now, but Historic Germantown is hosting an event tomorrow that will let you get to know him better. In this conversation about civic engagement, our sitting Congressperson will talk with Pat Bass, board chair of Johnson House Historic Site Germantown and Supreme Dow of the Black Writers Museum. The event is tomorrow, Friday February 19th, at 5pm.

Please come out to join us.
10/25/2020

Please come out to join us.

Just a reminder: Senator Art Haywood will host a screening of "Suppressed: The Fight to Vote" TOMORROW, 6pm at Johnson House Historic Site Germantown. The 38-minute film uses the 2018 race for governor in Georgia as a case study in voter suppression. Bring a blanket or camp chair and get comfy on the lawn at Johnson House.

So proud tonight.
06/20/2020

So proud tonight.

Johnson House Historic Site Germantown 19th-century freedom fighters Harriet Tubman and William Still architects of the underground rail held meetings in this sacred space and countless numbers of enslaved Africans escaped slavery through this House! During the 1800s, the home became vital to the Underground Railroad movement. Harriet Tubman was sheltered and fed here with the enslaved Africans she would often later guide to Lucretia Mott’s nearby home in Cheltenham. Rustic hardwood floors, cabinets and the building’s stone and brick exterior, as well as a third-floor attic where runaway enslaved Africans were hidden, reflect the building’s auspicious past.

06/20/2020

Thank you Rep. Stephen Kinsey

Great event. Please join us!
02/22/2020

Great event. Please join us!

On our radar: Osiris Wildfire, jazz guitarist presents, Folk from the Underground Railroad – A Tribute to Richie Havens. Havens, an American singer songwriter whose music encompassed elements of folk, soul and rhythm and blues was the opening act for historic Woodstock! Two performances: Saturday Feb. 22 from 5-7pm and Sunday Feb. 23 1-3pm at Johnson House Historic Site Germantown, 6306 Germantown Ave. Visit https://freedomsbackyard.com/events for more neighborhood events.

Great seeing folks visiting this incredible place. Looking forward to seeing many more.
02/21/2020

Great seeing folks visiting this incredible place. Looking forward to seeing many more.

I had the pleasure of driving by the house today to see our new signs and mailbox. We are getting ready for our Black Hi...
01/31/2020

I had the pleasure of driving by the house today to see our new signs and mailbox. We are getting ready for our Black History/Women’s History months. Our events will be posted on the website.
Our first event is the monthly book club meeting on February 7th. We will be discussing There There by Tommy Orange. Give us a call if you want to join us.

11/24/2019

It has been awhile since I posted comments on Facebook. This morning I have much to be thankful for. As President of the Board of Directors, my goal continues to be to focus on sustainability. The Board and I want to continue to ensure that the House, our artifact, stays open and relevant. It is a challenge being “ owned by the community” because it means we need your support to keep the house preserved and the doors open. The House is 1 of 5 sites in Pennsylvania listed on National Historical Site Registry as a resident made available to those enslaved as they pursued “ steps to freedom”, and we continue to work to be relevant through our Advocacy as the need continues for the “ steps to freedom”.
We are and always will be a museum. We are making plans for Black History Month, and planning for the city’s official Juneteenth Street Festival. We are working to ensure the physical artifacts in the house are safe and preserved. We continue to host monthly book club, all while making sure the visitors are always welcomed.
We thank all politicians ( state and city) for continuing support. We thank you for your visits. We thank you for your financial support. We continue to look for ways to outreach and stay committed to Germantown. Even though the flag outside of our front door says “ welcome to Mt Airy” , we are a gem located at Germantown Ave and Washington Lane. Stop by, we open our doors to all.
Special thanks to Cornelia Swinson, the Executive Director and Board of Directors. We did it “ our way”.

Please go see this movie. Every time I am in the house, it is hard to believe we are walking on the floors that William ...
11/02/2019

Please go see this movie.
Every time I am in the house, it is hard to believe we are walking on the floors that William Still, Harriet Tubman and lucretia Mott walked on. Tomorrow, we are having te first session of a joint venture with Avis Chase Women’s Association. The workshop focuses on preparing for the experience beyond high school. We continue to focus on steps to freedom. Education is a significant piece of the picture for successful adulthood as defined by the individual. I am looking fo forward to tomorrow. I am so proud to be the President of the Board of such incredible museum.

Produced and written by Black women, the film hits theaters on Nov. 1

Another great activity at Juneteenth.
06/16/2019

Another great activity at Juneteenth.

This is where I spend so much of my time. Let us not forget
06/11/2019

This is where I spend so much of my time. Let us not forget

There are endless ways to celebrate Black History in Philadelphia. Ride SEPTA Route 23 to Johnson House Historic Site Germantown - Philadelphia’s only accessible and intact stop on the Underground Railroad. Learn more: http://www.iseptaphilly.com/blackhistorymonth.

Com join me on Saturday: we are celebrating the 13 year of the street festival. Many new vendors and performers.
06/11/2019

Com join me on Saturday: we are celebrating the 13 year of the street festival. Many new vendors and performers.

Historic sites like Johnson House host reenactments, performances and more...

11/03/2018

This past week, we had the honor of hosting the reception that followed the changing of the name of Pastorius Elementary School to Pastorius Richardson Elementary School. Both are iconic historical names in Germantown. I had the honor and pleasure of knowing David Richardson Jr. he was a politician who was in the community and understood the obstacles to freedom. He was there for gang members, encouraging them to get an education and to stay on course to not end up incarcerated. He talked about the importance of knowing our history not not just “ his story”. He knew the disparities that the people in the community faced everyday. He fought to the end!
As President of the Board, I am in awe every time I enter the house. Walking on floors that our ancestors walked as they sought freedom. I am reminded that the house is not about slavery, but the story of freedom. People visit our Historic Site to learn. We have a story that speaks to freedom.
This week, remember a freedom that we fought for is the right to vote. Let us not forget. Come visit!

07/06/2018

The New Underground Railroad

06/19/2018

The Johnson House Historic Site hosted its 14th annual Philadelphia Juneteenth Festival on Saturday afternoon.

06/15/2018

Just over a month ago, the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and the Legacy Museum opened in Montgomery, Alabama, dedicated to the victims of white supremacy in the Unit

Come out and hear this amazing panel discuss today’s slavery”
06/14/2018

Come out and hear this amazing panel discuss today’s slavery”

This year's conversation: Human Trafficking Crisis in Philadelphia. Did you know Philadelphia is a gateway for human tracking in the U.S.? Join us this Saturday during the festival at 2pm.

This year's conversation: Human Trafficking Crisis in Philadelphia. Did you know Philadelphia is a gateway for human tra...
06/13/2018

This year's conversation: Human Trafficking Crisis in Philadelphia. Did you know Philadelphia is a gateway for human tracking in the U.S.? Join us this Saturday during the festival at 2pm.

The Philadelphia Juneteenth Festival returns this Saturday!
06/13/2018

The Philadelphia Juneteenth Festival returns this Saturday!

Philadelphia Juneteenth Festival Poster

03/15/2018
02/15/2018

There are endless ways to celebrate Black History in Philadelphia. Ride Route 23 to Johnson House Historic Site Germantown - Philadelphia’s only accessible and intact stop on the Underground Railroad. Learn more: http://www.iseptaphilly.com/blackhistorymonth.

02/11/2018
11/17/2017

The migrants are forced to work as slaves after they run out of money to pay the smugglers to find them passage to Europe.

10/04/2017

Did you catch last night's 'black-ish' episode, 'Juneteeth', featuring The Roots ? Who remembers After-school specials and "School House Rock?" Below you can read Black Thought 's lyrics.

09/27/2017

In an op-ed he released on social media Wednesday morning,...

09/26/2017

Philadelphia played a vital role on the Underground Railroad.

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Despite the COVID pandemic, the 14th Virtual Philadelphia Juneteenth Festival was filled with energy and was a memorable day of education about the important role Philadelphia, especially Germantown, played to help enslaved Africans on their journey toward freedom. The festival provided first hand insight into the lives of brave, men and women abolitionists - grassroots leaders who modeled effective social advocacy of their time: racial justice and equality for all! We shared dramatic presentations, advocacy discussions, education presentations, a panel discussion, and entertainment throughout the entire day.

While far to many to name here, we are thankful for our sponsors and advertisers, event team and volunteers who worked incredibly hard to prepare for this virtual festival that allowed 4,700+ to join us as we celebrated our history of inclusion, sanctuary, and justice!

Johnson House Board of Directors and staff extend a heartfelt thank you!
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COVID-19 UPDATE

In an effort to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus, The Johnson House Historic Site will be closed to the public until further notice

Johnson House will continue to closely monitor the recommendations and instructions from the agencies of the Commonwealth, City, and Federal government, including the City of Philadelphia Department of Public Health
and Mayor Kenney's office.
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In an effort to reduce the spread of the COVID19 virus, effective Saturday, March 14, 2020, Johnson House Historic Site will be closed to the public through Friday, March 27, 2020. Please Share
Due to recent Covid-19 concerns, the Book and Talk Reception has been postponed. It will be a part of our Juneteenth event, June 20th, 2020. Details to follow. Thank you for your gracious support.