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Society Hill: The Great Deceiver, Part I

September 23, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


The shooting of Octavius Catto, 1871

$15 Hidden City members (become a member here)
$10 Student
$20 General Admission


Start: 3rd & Delancy, NE corner (245 Delancey St.)
End 9th & Bainbridge

No neighborhood in Philadelphia has as complex and contradictory a history as Society Hill. Once it was home to Philadelphia’s aristocracy, and today it features dozens of million dollar houses. Ah, but so much happened in the 150 years in between!

Join us as we move beyond the Early Republic charm of Society Hill and into the Antebellum lives of two women; a high-society white woman (Minnie Jones), and a free black woman (Inez Cassey), both born and raised on the same streets yet experiencing the same place very differently. We will visit places of importance to each woman and ponder how each of their societies helped form their attitudes and prospects. Ultimately, we will look beyond the veil of Colonial ambiance to trace clues back to a time filled with racial strife and the earliest days of Civil Rights activism, Philadelphia’s connections to Southern businesses and plantations, and how our city memorializes the Civil War and the struggle for equality.

You’ll never look at Society Hill the same way again!

Questions, concerns, conundrums? Contact Hidden City project director Pete Woodall at 267-259-7112 or pwoodall@hiddencityphila.org

Tour guide Mickey Herr lived in many places until her heart settled in Philadelphia. She has led the development and communications efforts for several significant non-profit cultural institutions in Philadelphia. Current interests involve elevating the hidden-histories of women. She is at work on a novel, and gives tours for Hidden City Philadelphia, both of which are allowing her to research incredible untold stories of women. She believes in ghosts, synchronicity, and taking chances. Read her writing on Philadelphia, history and geneology at mickeyherr.com.

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September 23, 2018
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


3rd & Delancey, NE corner
245 Delancey St.


Pete Woodall