Tour and Introduction to this new exhibit
At The Charles L. Blockson Collection, Temple University
1330 Polett Walk, Philadelphia
Moonstone Arts Center
Join us for A Tour and Introduction to this new exhibit with
Curator, Dr. Diane D. Turner
(The exhibit will be on display from September 14, 2015 to March 2016)
Education was important to African Americans both enslaved and free. In spite of racial discrimination and laws that prohibited the education of Americans of African descent, they took advantage of every opportunity offered to them to learn. Reading and writing became major forms of African resistance to slavery. Free blacks, Quakers, Abolitionists, both black and white, as well as Black churches and Black literary societies played significant roles in the founding of schools for blacks. Among the important holdings held at the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection are large collections of items on African American education. This exhibition highlights rare items that tell the story of the Black experience from the period of enslavement to the mid-twentieth century.