7th Ward Walking Tour
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Meet at the Caster Building to travel together by bus or meet at Mother Bethel Church.
Tour starts from Mothel Bethel (Sixth & Lombard Streets) at 10:00 AM.
Optional lunch together at noon after the tour.
Join a 1.5 hour walking tour of the Seventh Ward, the historic neighborhood that WEB Du Bois studied for his 1899 classic book, The Philadelphia Negro. The tour begins and ends at Mother Bethel, the first AME church in the nation, founded by Richard Allen, in Center City, Philadelphia. We will also walk by the Institute for Colored Youth, home of abolitionist and poet Francis Ellen Watkins Harper, and a mural tribute to Du Bois on South Street, among other places. The tour will be led by Amy Hillier who directs The Ward: Race and Class in Du Bois’ Seventh Ward. If you are able, watch this 19-minute documentary made by Amy and her team of students for background on Du Bois and The Philadelphia Negro.