YaleWomen Philadelphia Hidden City Tour

Hidden City Philadelphia: North Central Philly Lost & Found

Please join us for a YaleWomen Philly and YBAA-Philadelphia co-sponsored private tour with the Hidden City Philadelphia Cultural Trust, on Saturday, April 27 from 11:00am - 1:00pm. Guests are welcome. This tour is limited to the first 25 registrants, so don’t delay in securing your admission! Tickets for this event are $25, a portion of which goes to the Church of the Advocate, pictured above.

The Tour

For stunning late Victorian Gothic Revival architecture combined with fascinating social history, it's tough to beat Church of the Advocate at 18th and Diamond, the final stop on this tour but the first thing we want to tell you about (we didn't want to bury the lede!). The church's progressive social practices began at its founding with the abolition of "pew rents" and reached their height in the 1960s and 70s when it hosted the Conference of Black Power, the Black Panther Conference and the first ordination of women in the Episcopal church. We'll step inside the church's magnificent sanctuary, where a series of 14 murals painted in the 1970s depict scenes from the African-American experience in the company of guide Judith Robinson, a longtime resident of neighboring Strawberry Mansion.

The tour will begin at Broad and Master, site of famed 19th century Shakespearean actor Edwin Forrest's mansion and now home to the Freedom Theater. We'll walk up Broad Street from there, and talk about Father Divine, the Columbia Avenue riots, Reverend Leon Sullivan's program of African-American economic empowerment, the long lost Monument Cemetery, Temple University's recent construction and expansion plans, plus a whole lot more. You'll never look at Philly the same way again. We guarantee it!

About Hidden City Philadelphia

"Hidden City Philadelphia of Culture Trust pulls back the curtain on the city’s most remarkable places and connects them to new people, functions, and resources. We celebrate the power of place and inspire social action to make our city a better place to live, work, and play. Our Hidden City Tours & Events provide immersive experiences of remarkable places, illuminate their stories, and afford networking opportunities among our growing number of members."


WHEN: April 27th, 11am-1pm. Please arrive at 10:45am. Tour begins promptly at 11:00

WHERE: The northeast corner of Broad and Masters Streets

CONTACT: Susan LaPalombara,  [email protected]

WHAT: 2 part registration needed

  • REGISTRATION:  REGISTER HERE *This event caps at 25. Once you successfully register for the event, please then promptly go to the payment link to secure your reservation. If you do not do so within 24 hours, we will release your reservation. Registrations will close on April 22nd.

PAYMENT:  PAY HERE PURCHASE YOUR TICKET(S) HERE, THROUGH THIS PAYPAL LINK Once there, sign into your paypal account (or create one), click Send/Send Money and enter [email protected] as the recipient. Enter the ticket amount of $25 per ticket and click Send. 

April 27, 2019 at 11:00am - 1pm
multiple locations
Susan Lapolombara ·

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