The Institute for Colored Youth and Philadelphia in the 19th Century

1319 Locust Street, Philadelphia

Discussion and Q & A session


At 1199C Hospital Workers Union

1319 Locust Street, Philadelphia


Moonstone Arts Center

The contradiction that is Philadelphia – the Southern-most Northern city – with the largest population of free African Americans in the country –Birthplace of the AME Church, center of the Underground Railroad – home of abolitionists.  From the Institute come the teachers for the freedman’s schools and the activists for the civil rights movement of the second half of the 19th century including Octavius V. Catto, who is murdered for his efforts to secure voting rights.

We start our program talking about context with:

Daniel R. Biddle and Murray Dubin, the authors of Tasting Freedom: Octavius V. Catto and the Battle for Equality in Civil War America,

Judith Giesberg, Professor of History at Villanova and author of Emilie Davis’s Civil War and director of the Great Thing for Our People project

Linda M. Perkins, Associate Professor of the Claremont Graduate University and author of Fannie Jackson Coppin and the Institute for Colored Youth

Kabria Bumgartner, Assistant Professor of History at the college of Wooster 


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