Celebrating African American History in Historic Germantown


In 2020 we celebrated the life, experience and history of 19th century African American businessman, John S. Trower, with a campaign to help fund projects and programs related to his impact on Germantown and beyond. With the support of funders through #GivingTuesday2020 we were able to create a John Trower themed edition of the Germantown Crier magazine and most importantly, install a Pennsylvania Historic Marker on the street outside the building that was his former business – now a structure on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places.


In 2020 we also launched a special Black History/Black Lives History tour in Germantown, the first of several being developed. We are continuing to build upon our historic resources. You can find more here.

In 2021 we are raising funds to continue this effort, including completing a special project over 15 years in the making. In 2006, the Germantown Historical Society created a “African American Heritage Guide to Philadelphia’s Historic Northwest” through a grant from the Pennsylvania Humanities Council. Some of the details are out of date, we have additional sites and places to add and updated photos – both recent and historic – need to be added for a fuller, more complete history.

Edits to this booklet are underway and we plan to make the publication digital for both easy editing and making it more readily available to everyone who would like to utilize the information.

Please consider supporting this project! We appreciate your commitment to the History of Historic Germantown.

Our goal is to raise $5000 this year for this project that includes building more accessible historic resources related to Black History in the German Township. Thank You!

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Giving Tuesday is Tuesday, November 30.


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