PROJECT DESCRIPTIONS

Philastories.org engages in various projects in the Greater Philadelphia area. Following are a few examples of projects past, present, and future.

 
 
Waldo Gentry was a member of Engine 11.

Waldo Gentry was a member of Engine 11.

Engine 11

From 1919 to 1952 if you were an African-American joining the Philadelphia Fire Department you were sent to either Engine 11 or Fireboat 1. Engine 11 was located at 10th and South Street. The stories of Engine 11 are told by 5 African-American's, Lloyd Ama, Clarence Brogden, Waldo Gentry, Walter Lindsay, and Alfred Ward, who all worked at Engine 11. In addition, we have collected stories told by other members of the community who have memories of Engine 11.


Philadelphia Stories of Slavery

Philastories.org has been documenting stories of slavery located in the Greater Philadelphia area. This is our effort to use location based storytelling using Findery. All stories can be accessed using the Findery app on your phone when you are near the location of the story. You can also access the stories on the Findery website under the notemap, Philadelphia Stories of Slavery.

The Johnson House is located in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia. It was a stop on the Underground Railroad.

The Johnson House is located in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia. It was a stop on the Underground Railroad.


A list of slaves names owned by George Washington during the time that the President resided in Philadelphia.

A list of slaves names owned by George Washington during the time that the President resided in Philadelphia.

Dark to Light

Dark to Light (d2l) is a memorial that will identify and, where possible, tell the stories of slaves who were held captive in the Greater Philadelphia area and the slave owners.