The main reason we went to Philadelphia is because of books….And when you travel because of books you are rarely let down. Stacy and I ended up in Uncle Bobbie’s Shop, a book store in Germantown after visiting the Lest We Forget Slavery Museum.
Some of the books I came across that I made a note to purchase.
Below, Stacy and I smiling with Mrs. Ragsdale, the director of the Lest We Forget Slavery Museum. She gave us a very informative tour. The tour changed the way I see the world and how I see myself. Learning about the slave trade and the atrocities of it, did something to my joyous spirit for the rest of the weekend. Stacy kept asking me, What happened?
I realize when one begin to dig into history, one have to be ready for the good, the bad and the ugly. That was the first time I visited a museum and actually cried.
As mentioned before in a previous blog, we also visited the African American History Museum which was rich with history but a totally different experience.
Philadelphia prides itself in being the forerunner in Black Press. In 1884, Christopher Perry published the Philadelphia Tribune making it the oldest black paper in the United States.
The street newsstand…
Right before we ate, we caught the last few hours of the children’s book fair. Where we met authors and Illustrators, Nikki Grimes, Renee Watson, Carole Boston Weatherford, Eric Velasquez, Tami Charles and Floyd Cooper.
This was such a fun project. The children used bottled tops to make their pictures pop out, if you will.