Historic GermantownPhiladelphia, PA, United States Historic GermantownPhiladelphia, PA, United States

From Enslavement to Abolition

By Historic Germantown (other events)

2 Dates Through Aug 16, 2024
  • General Admission : Ages 8 and up
  • Transportation Included via Charter Bus : Pick-Up and Drop-Off at the Philadelphia Convention Center; Tour 1 Pick-Up at 8:30am & Drop-Off at 12:30pm / Tour 2 Pick-Up at 1:00pm & Drop-Off at 5:00pm
  • Refreshments Included

Explore the history of the abolitionist movement where it all began right here in Germantown! With private tours to two significant sites, Cliveden and the Johnson House Historic Site, including brief stops along Germantown Avenue highlighting other sites within the Historic Germantown consortium that tell the story of enslavement to abolition. 

Your visit begins with an hour long private tour at Cliveden, where you and an experienced guide will examine the complicated history of slavery in the Mid-Atlantic region with exclusive tours of the exhibits, house, and grounds.

Then join a docent led 60-minute guided tour of the Johnson House Historic Site, a National Historic Landmark and Underground Railroad station. You will learn about the history of the Quaker abolitionist Johnson Family, the anti-slavery movement, the early history of enslavement in America, the Transatlantic Slave Trade, the Fugitive Slave Laws that kept the enslaved constantly on the run, and the collaborative efforts between Black - free and enslaved - and White abolitionists.  The Johnson family history links it to the national anti-slavery movement and documents the family association with leading anti-slavery figures locally and nationally.  The Johnson Family called themselves “infidel practitioners” and advocates of racial equality.  The Johnson home provided refuge and a safe place for escaping enslaved Africans on the way to secure their freedom.  The UGRR was the embodiment of African Resistance during the era of enslavement of African people in America.