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Abolitionist Walking Tour: 15 Amazing Sites in Philadelphia en

Visit 15 historic sites throughout Philadelphia that were important to the Abolitionist movement in the 18th and 19th centuries.

The tour content is organized numerically in rough chronological order. The recommended walking path does not represent this order, in the interest of shortening the walking distance. If you are not walking through this tour, feel free to listen to the stories in numerical order.

Please be mindful that two locations on this tour are further than walking distance, and they are not included in the recommended walking path. We suggest you listen to these stories by playing the audio manually, not via the automatic GPS tour option.

All graphics and documents that you see in this tour come from the collections of the Library Company of Philadelphia, located at 1314 Locust St, Philadelphia PA, 19107. Please visit us in person or at Our Website for more information.

The Library Company is free and open to the public.
Reading room and gallery: 9:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m., weekdays
Print room: by appointment only.
General Information: (215) 546-3181

For related information and exhibitions that the Library Company has produced, please see:
1.) Black Founders
2.) The Abolition Seminar
3.) African Americana Collection
4.) Program in African American History



World Heritage Sites Brutalisms Atlas Obscuras Audio Guides News
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Birth of a Nation: Exploring Philadelphia en 6.9km site_izi
Philadelphia’s Best Attractions en 8km site_izi
Philadelphia with Tim Richards. Travelbook en 20137.8km site_izi
‘Celebration of Water’ Sculpture 20207.4km site_ao
Grave of Thomas Wiltberger Evans 20209.6km site_ao
Ben Franklin Bridge Pedestrian Tunnel Mural 20208.5km site_ao
Fiume 20199.3km site_ao
Paul Robeson House 20199.5km site_ao
Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial 20199.8km site_ao
First Bank of the United States 20199.3km site_ao
The Blue Horizon 20196.3km site_ao
Mask and Wig Clubhouse 20199.4km site_ao
Philbert the Pig 20198.6km site_ao
Keith Haring’s Only Surviving In Situ Collaborative Public Mural 201910.2km site_ao
Graffiti Pier (Pier 18) 20197.8km site_ao
Penn Museum’s Collection of Ancient Tweezers 20199.2km site_ao
Dickens and Little Nell 20199.8km site_ao
Spruce Hill Bird Sanctuary – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Atlas Obscura 20199.4km site_ao
The ‘Dowager Empress’ Crystal Ball 20199.3km site_ao
Pizza Brain’s Museum of Pizza Culture 20186.3km site_ao
A Four-Story Foucault Pendulum Swings in Philadelphia 20178km site_ao
The World’s Largest Single Organ Chamber 20178.7km site_ao
The Nervous System of Harriet Cole 20181.7km site_ao
The Humble Field Where the First Major League Baseball Game Was Played 20175.9km site_ao
Urban Axes 20166km site_ao
Philadelphia’s Fountain of the Three Rivers 20178km site_ao
The Oldest Residential Street in America 20178.8km site_ao
Morris Arboretum 20188.1km site_ao
A Secluded Statue With A Case of Mistaken Identity 20173km site_ao
The Only Synagogue Built by Frank Lloyd Wright 20186.7km site_ao
Old Adam Scheidt Plant 20176.8km site_ao
International House 19688.7km site_brutalism
Philadelphia Police Department Headquarters “Roundhouse” 19598.5km site_brutalism
Richards Medical Research Laboratories, University of Pennsylvania 19579.4km site_brutalism
Parking Garage, University of Pennsylvania 19612km site_brutalism
Independence Hall 19799.2km site_whs

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