New Freedom District Tour

The Lancaster Avenue Historic New Freedom District goes from 32nd
to 48th Streets west on Lancaster Avenue and the surrounding area in West
Philadelphia. The goals are to highlight and preserve the rich cultural history
of African American institutions, organizations, events and individual achievements in their quest for self determination freedom, justice & equality.
Some of the Historical Sites include: Local Hero’s Mural, Belmont Mansion Underground Railroad Museum, Paul Robeson House, Dr. Martin Luther King Mural & Marker, Nation of Islam Temple #12, Stephen Smith Home, Sarah
Allen Nursing Home, Blankenburg School Yard, Community Education Center,
Sister Clara Muhammad School & Muhammad Park, Quba Institute, African
Methodist Episcopal Church, First African Presbyterian Church and many other
Murals and PA Historical Markers.
We offer the following programs
for youth and adults.
• Classroom and Auditorium Presentations • School Fairs
• Conferences • Walking and Bus Tours
• Enslaved Africans & Abolitionist Reenactment stories
• Teacher & Workforce Diversity Training workshops
• ICPIC New Africa Center Museum tour and site visits.

These tours will highlight African American institutions, organizations,
events, and individual achievements while impacting the community by instilling civic pride in our collective historic achievements, cultivating area youth to see themselves as inheritors of our past achievements and redefining the role of citizenship through education.

The Lancaster Ave Historic New Freedom District Tours project will highlight African Americans’ first migration to the
area during the Underground Railroad, the Great Migration, and the Civil Rights
Movement as well as historical events that highlight their quest for self-determination, justice, and equality.

The New Freedom District Tours project will also
improve student achievements, strengthening their critical thinking skills and
historical knowledge. Through the New Freedom District program students will
experience an increased sense of community pride and citizenship. Through
exposure to information and knowledge these youth will see themselves as part
of their neighborhood in a way they may never have perceived before. T
programs address one of the root causes of violence, juvenile delinquency and
mental illness in our community, the inferiority complex disorder. HERE
To schedule a visit to your school or site please contact

Abdul-Rahim Muhammad 610-352-0424 or email



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765 North 43rd Street Laura Wheeler studied art in this city and in France. She headed the Art Department, At Cheyney State College, and her works are part of the National Portrait Gallery and other major collections. Born on May 16, 1887, in Hartford, Connecticut, Laura Wheeler Waring was an African-American teacher and artist who became known for her portraits; the subjects she painted include W.E.B. Du Bois and Marian Anderson. A member of the NAACP, Waring also contributed many illustrations to its magazine, The Crisis. She died at age 60 on February 3, 1948, in Philadelphia, PA.