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Black History in the Philadelphia Landscape

Amy Cohen 0051 V2 FinalLeap into History with the Historical Society of Montgomery County!

Meet Amy Cohen, educator, historian, and writer, at the Historical Society of Montgomery County, Thursday, February 29, 2024.

Ms. Cohen will discuss her book “Black History in the Philadelphia Landscape” which offers a comprehensive look at the Black experience in the region, spanning from the late 17th century to the 1960s. Her book delves into significant events and historical figures and how they are memorialized in the physical landscape. This book is an excellent resource for secondary students and beyond.

In Black History in the Philadelphia Landscape, author Amy Cohen recounts notable aspects of the Black experience in the Philadelphia region from the late 1600s to the 1960s. Cohen shows how this history is marked in the contemporary city.
Each chapter explores an event or historical figure and how it is memorialized in the landscape, by historical marker, monument, mural, or some other means—followed by a short list of actions to take to learn more about the topic (e.g. a site to visit, a website to explore, a film to watch, a primary source to examine). Some chapters feature reflections by people with direct connections to the topic. The chapters are organized chronologically, so while the book is not comprehensive, it gives the reader a strong sense of Philadelphia’s African American history from the late 1600s through the 20th century. With relatively short chapter lengths and a straightforward writing style, Black History in the Philadelphia Landscape is approachable for the general public as well as for students at the secondary level and beyond.

Amy Cohen is an educator, historian, and writer. After twenty years teaching social studies, she became Director of Education for History Making Productions and is a contributing writer for Hidden City Philadelphia.

Social and book signing will begin at 6:30 p.m. The author’s presentation will begin at 7:00 p.m. and last approximately 1 hour with time for questions.

The Historical Society of Montgomery County is located at 1654 DeKalb Street, Norristown, PA. For further information the Society can be reached at 610.272.0297. This program is free and open to all who wish to attend.