PHILADELPHIA STORIES OF SLAVERY

Stories told about people who were enslaved in the Greater Philadelphia area. Hear from some of the women and men who are working to recognize and make known the stories of the people who were held as slaves in the Philadelphia area. You may read additional stories about slavery on your computer or mobile device at Findery.com.

Honoring Slaves Buried in the Upper Dublin Friends Cemetery

Avis was informed that slaves were buried in the Upper Dublin Meetinghouse. She was led to recognize their existence.

Phillip Seitz Uncovers the History of Slavery in the Chew Family

Telling the first of three stories Phillip Seitz, Social Historian, worked for 9 years at Cliveden in Philadelphia. During that time an enormous number of the Chew Family Papers were discovered and turned over to the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Included in those papers were letters Benjamin Chew received from the overseer of his plantation in the state of Delaware. For more information about the Chew family go to Phillip's website TheHistoryteller.

Benjamin Chew Purchases a Slave Named Will

Phillip Seitz, Social Historian, tells the story of a slaved named Will who was sold to Benjamin Chew, Attorney General of Pennsylvania, in 1772. Five years later the British offer Will a chance to become free. For more information about the Chew family go to Phillip's website TheHistoryteller.

A Story of Retribution on Whitehall Plantation

Whitehall plantation slaves, Jim 18 years old and Aaron 16 years old, seek retribution on Overseer George Ford. Although Jim and Aaron are punished, their actions provided the other slaves a brief respite from their brutal conditions. For more information about the Chew family go to Phillip's website TheHistoryteller.