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Places to Visit During Black History Month

By: Jake Bosiljevac on February 20th, 2024

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Places to Visit During Black History Month

As we move towards the end of February, it's important to remember that the opportunity to celebrate Black History Month continues. Across Pennsylvania, a variety of meaningful destinations and activities offer the chance for families and students to connect with and honor the significant contributions of African Americans. This time of year reminds us that the exploration and appreciation of USA history is not confined to a single month but can be embraced and experienced any day, offering lasting insights and inspiration. So - check them out and see if they can be a destination for you and your family!

AFrican American MuseumAfrican American Museum in Philadelphia: This museum is a treasure trove of African American history and culture. Its interactive storytelling sessions and diverse exhibits provide a comprehensive look at the African American journey, from past struggles to present achievements. It's an invaluable resource for students to understand the depth of African American heritage. More details are available on their website.

Visit PGHPittsburgh's Jazz Legacy
: Jazz holds a special place in the cultural mosaic of African American history, and Pittsburgh's role in its evolution is significant. Exploring these historic jazz sites, where legends performed, offers a unique educational experience. It's a perfect blend of musical heritage and historical learning, ideal for students and music lovers. More information can be found on Visit Pittsburgh's website.

August Wilson
August Wilson African American Cultural Center
: This center is a tribute to August Wilson, a figure synonymous with African American literature. Through its exhibits and programs, the center not only honors Wilson's legacy but also serves as a gateway to understanding the broader African American experience. It's an inspiring place for students to learn about the power of storytelling and history. Further information can be found here.

Heinz HistoryHeinz History Center
: This Pittsburgh landmark offers a journey through time, exploring African American history in Pennsylvania. With interactive displays and educational programs, it's a dynamic learning environment. The center's exhibitions often highlight notable African Americans and significant events in state history. More information can be found on the Heinz History Center website.

031122_harriet_tubman_statue_philadelphia.width-600Harriet Tubman Statue at Philadelphia's City Hall: The Harriet Tubman Statue at Philadelphia's City Hall is more than a mere monument - it's a tribute. This statue stands not just as an art piece, but as a symbol of the courage, determination, and resilience of Harriet Tubman. It captures her role as a leader in the Underground Railroad, her contributions to the abolitionist movement, and her relentless fight for freedom. This site offers families and students an opportunity to reflect on her life story, making it an invaluable piece of history. 

gvrlVirtual Galepages: For families and students eager to delve deeper into Black History Month from their own homes, Galepages.com offers an extensive array of resources and books. With over 1,000+ resources available, from stories of African American suffragists to the valiant roles African Americans played in various wars, there's a wealth of knowledge to explore. To gain access to these invaluable materials, interested individuals are encouraged to contact jbosiljevac@pavcs.us. This platform provides a comprehensive and accessible way to enhance understanding and appreciation of African American history and contributions.


As residents of Pennsylvania, we have a unique opportunity with access to a wealth of educational sites and resources that celebrate Black History, not just in February but throughout the year. Each visit to these places is an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the history that shapes our nation. Let's embrace this chance to learn, reflect, and carry the spirit of Black History Month forward, enriching our appreciation for the diverse and profound contributions that have played a pivotal role in our country’s history.