Black Burials in Philadelphia: A Walking Tour

Philadelphia is a city of graveyards. A simple google search will reveal dozens, if not hundreds, of incidents of construction workers and developers breaking soil only to discover that what they thought was untouched ground was actually a resting place for Philadelphians of days past.

Frequently, these resting places are specifically connected to the history of the Black community in Philadelphia — a sharp contrast to the many white churchyards and burial places that constitute a huge part of tourism in today’s Old City.

What is the history of these burial grounds? Why are they important? And how did so many come to be hidden around the city, under public parks and parking lots? Take this self-guided walking tour to find out.

[Please note: this site/tour is currently in user testing!]

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