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African-American Abolitionist & Son Of Former Vice President Aaron Burr Receives Formal Recognition

African-American Abolitionist & Son Of Former Vice President Aaron Burr Receives Formal Recognition

August 19, 2019  |  History

The remains of John Pierre Burr, a black Philadelphia abolitionist and natural son of former Vice President Aaron Burr, has resided in an unmarked grave for more than a century. He will receive formal recognition and an official headstone on Saturday, August 24. Keshler Thibert has the details > more

In Northeast Philadelphia, A Rich History Of Train Tracks And Acquisitions

In Northeast Philadelphia, A Rich History Of Train Tracks And Acquisitions

August 13, 2019  |  History

Ed Duffy give us a panoramic view of railroad history in Northeast Philadelphia with this longform essay > more

Examining Class And Racial Dynamics On The Anniversary Of The 1918 Riots In South Philadelphia

Examining Class And Racial Dynamics On The Anniversary Of The 1918 Riots In South Philadelphia

July 25, 2019  |  History

Amy Cohen takes a look at the socioeconomic and racial tensions in South Philadelphia that exploded into a six-day riot in the early 1900s > more

A Crude Awakening: Explosion On The Schuylkill Brings Philly's History Of Oil Refineries Into Focus

A Crude Awakening: Explosion On The Schuylkill Brings Philly’s History Of Oil Refineries Into Focus

July 8, 2019  |  History

Ed Duffy gives us a history lesson on Philadelphia's 150-year-old oil industry following the explosion, fire, and pending closure of Philadelphia Energy Solutions' oil refinery in Southwest Philly > more

Rare Collection Of Early American Flags Explores The Evolution Of Old Glory

Rare Collection Of Early American Flags Explores The Evolution Of Old Glory

June 28, 2019  |  History

An antique flag dealer teamed up with the Museum of the American Revolution to put our nation's Stars and Stripes into perspective with "A New Constellation: A Collection of 13 Star Flags." Virginia Lindak has the details > more