Stories of the Color Line: Past and Present 

These oral histories attest to the humanity of all people. They illuminate the achievements of Philadelphians who forged a better life for themselves in the face of many challenges.

Racism has been reshaped, reinvented and reinforced in the last 50 years. The issues Du Bois outlined continue to persist, and the best way to resolve them is still not clear. Yet, it is only by understanding the connection between a community’s past and present, and attempting to mitigate the circumstances of its birth that we can ensure that the color line will not be the problem of future generations.

W.E.B.Du Bois

Du Bois: The Black Church

“The Negro church is the peculiar and characteristic product of the transplanted African, and deserves especial study. As a social group the Negro church may be said to have antedated the Negro family on American soil; as such it has preserved, on the one hand, many functions of tribal organization, and on the other hand, many of the family functions. Its tribal functions are shown in its religious activity, its social authority and general guiding and co-ordinating work...

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Tindley Temple

Tindley Temple: Then and Now

In Tindley Temple’s heyday in the 1920s and ‘30s, the church’s 3,200 seats were filled three times each week – twice on Sunday morning and again during a third Sunday evening service. During this period, the 12,500 members flowing through the doors each week were both Black and white. Tindley Temple broke not one but two racial barriers: In addition to being one of the very few multiracial churches in the nation, it was also the first Black church to own property on Broad Street in Philadelphia...

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Louis Tucker

Oral History: Louis Tucker at 100 years old

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