We are accepting tours at our 5501 Germantown Avenue location, by appointment only.
In addition to our newly opened location, we continue to offer our well known Traveling Slavery Exhibit which we present at schools, universities, conferences, places of worship and local events. We are presently accepting requests for 2020-2021 Black History programs. Contact us for more information.
We also continue to offer our well known Traveling Slavery Exhibit which we present at schools, universities, conferences, places of worship and local events. We are presently accepting requests for 2020-2021 fiscal year Black History programs. Contact us for more information.
The Lest We Forget Museum of Slavery provides a unique historical perspective into the reality of slavery for Africans brought to America. It is the only museum of its kind in Philadelphia that exhibits authentic slavery artifacts which include hundreds of shackles, chains, coffles, branding irons and other forms of punishing ironware.
Authentic documents show how enslaved Africans were bought and sold as chattel. Numerous “Jim Crow” objects which negatively depicted and ridiculed African Americans, creating a lasting racist attitude, are also on display. Incredible African works of art – sculpture, oil paintings and vintage photographs line the walls of the museum. Descriptive contextual panels are posted throughout to assist visitors in understanding the significance of this period in American history.
What Visitors are saying
Thank you for teaching me my historyZion Miller, Student
I love this gem and will support your endeavors going forward. God Bless you for this museum and bringing it to usCrystal Peterkin
I feel it’s important for our people to know our own history. This museum exposes that and we should all take advantage of it.Sammyah Muhammad
I need to bring our mosque hereRobert Muhammad
I was very impressed with the exhibits, presentations and informative text panels on display. It came to me, how special we the descendants are to have ancestors who were able to survive so many struggles. Our children need to know how special they are. Thanks to the Ragsdale’s for all they do to convey this information to the public.Abanae Carter, Senior Citizen
Excellent Presentations, very informative. Thought I knew a lot about slavery was shocked to discover so much more, I will be back.Annette Medley
I am amazed by the LWF historic trove that tell the African American story.Frank Slayton
American slavery was a holocaust.Amy Freeman
This knowledge helps me know more about our roots.
I learned a lot, thanks so much.
We want you to be part of our museum and experience its richness and this is why we offer several ways to let you engage with us to help maintain and develop the museum. Whether you are in education and want to learn more about slavery, a business, organization or an individual who loves to preserve and cares about the history of enslaved Africans, you can support LWFSM today.
The LWFSM has year-round traveling exhibits where we bring slave artifacts, Jim Crow objects, bill-of-sale documents and more to your venue.Traveling Exhibits
Our memberships provide wonderful benefits and supports our goal to preserve and conserve our the history of enslaved Africans.Memberships
Help preserve and ensure the legacy of Slavery be told, “Lest We Forget”, and increase awareness of the impact of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade.Ways to Support
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