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