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Oral History

Oral History

Our growing collection of oral histories feature the life stories of African Americans who lived in or near the Seventh Ward. Several of the initial oral histories focus on members from Tindley Baptist Memorial Church who reflect on the role of the church and how the neighborhood has changed over time.

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Documentaries

Documentaries

"A Legacy of Courage: W.E.B. Du Bois and The Philadelphia Negro"  is a 19-minute documentary that tells the story of the research that Du Bois did in Philadelphia's old Seventh Ward in the 1890s for his classic book, The Philadelphia Negro.

"Readings from The Autobiography of W.E.B. Du Bois"  is a 10-minute concise story of Du Bois' life up until his invitation from the University of Pennsylvania to survey the Seventh Ward of Philadelphia.

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The Ward board game

Board Game

Our board game is based on Du Bois’ map of the Seventh Ward and features real black residents of Philadelphia as characters. Choose your character to determine your tasks as you travel through the Seventh Ward answering questions and acting out and drawing key concepts.

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Mapping

Mapping

Du Bois used maps in his research to represent demographic patterns in the Seventh Ward. Our interactive mapping system uses GIS technology not available to him that allows you to see who lived at each property in the Seventh Ward and to create thematic maps based on household composition, occupation, and homeownership.

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Walking Tour

Walking Tour

The Old Seventh Ward still boasts many of the important institutions that Du Bois described, including churches, schools, and hospitals. Our self-guided walking tour will lead you through the main streets and back alleys and teach you about the people and places that made the Seventh Ward unique.

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Mural

Mural

In response to an application from our team, the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program created a mural in 2008 to honor Du Bois’ work in Philadelphia. Learn about the process behind creating it, the people shown on the mural, and the dedication event.

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