PhilaStories.org engages in various projects in the Greater Philadelphia area. Following is a project we are currently developing.
Dark to Light
Dark to Light (d2l) is our effort to identify, memorialize and tell the stories of those who were enslaved in the Greater Philadelphia area.
"It is necessary, while in darkness, to know that there is light somewhere, to know, that in oneself, waiting to be found, there is a light. What the light reveals is danger, and what it demands is faith." James Baldwin
PhilaStories.org effort with d2l is only a piece of the puzzle of slavery. We recognize that there are projects all over the country gathering information about the people and places of slavery. There is a need for more people digging in the weeds and bringing to light information that is slowly deteriorating. PhilaStories.org is calling for a nationwide effort to digitize and organize all of the information about slavery in a single repository for continued research and study.
Currently, we are researching the names of people who were enslaved in the Philadelphia area. Creating a database that can be accessed by anyone. Our goal is to remember these individuals by placing a small mosaic in the sidewalk of their last known address that states their name and dates of manumission and release or death. In addition, we will write or record a story about the individual using whatever information we can discover. Access to the stories can be achieved by using an app on your phone, Findery, while visiting the site of the mosaic or read the story on our website.