Black History & Stories

Celebrate Black History and Stories Year Round in Chester County

Chester County was an important stop for freedom seekers on their way north. The Longwood Progressive Meeting became a beacon to reformers throughout the United States for movements such as the abolition of slavery, women’s rights and temperance. Visitor’s and speakers to the meeting house included Frederick Douglass. Harriet Tubman, Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth and more. Today, the building houses the Brandywine Valley Tourism Information Center and tours of the Kennett Underground Railroad history begin at this site. 

Anne Lowe Cover

Ann Lowe’s recently emerging visibility as a designer stands in contrast to much of her career and the countless unrecognized Black dressmakers and designers who have contributed to American fashion for generations, including her own grandmother and mother.  She blazed a path for others to follow and her legacy is still felt in fashion culture.  This is the largest exhibition of Ann Lowe’s work to date, featuring 40 iconic gowns, many that have never been on public display, and it will illuminate her evolution as a designer from the 1920s to the 1960s. The exhibition will also feature fashion by contemporary Black designers influenced by Lowe. Elizabeth Way, associate curator at The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, is guest curator of the exhibition. Experience Anne Lowe: American Courturier until January 7th, 2024, at Winterthur

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Bayard Rustin's Local Roots Sep 22

60 years ago on August 28, the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom shown a spotlight on racial inequity. West Chester native Bayard Rustin organized the peaceful demonstration that filled the Mall. To commemorate this milestone, an exhibit about Rustin’s life is on display…

People's Light Presents: Bones Sep 22

Written & Directed by Steve H. Broadnax III September 22—October 15, 2023 Steinbright Stage Knock. Four Black men gather for a game of dominoes at the host’s “deluxe apartment in the sky.” Knock. Over beers and “bones,” the players laugh, place bets, and swap stories. KNOCK…

Frank Stewart's Nexus: An American Jun 29

This exhibition is a dynamic retrospective of Frank Stewart’s photography that centers on his sensitive and spontaneous approach to portraying world cultures and Black life in many forms—including music, art, travel, food, and dance. His work over the years captured intimate and…

A Rich History of Abolition