BLACK HISTORY MONTH EVENTS (Marketplace at Steamtown- Second Floor, 300 Lackawanna Ave, Scranton) Feb. 28: Open Mic Night & Closing Reception - 5:30-8:30 pm Feb. 26: Pinot & Paint Noir - Sip and Paint workshop with artist Travis Prince. 6:30-8:00pm Feb. 24: Super Soul Sunday Book Club: Becoming -  @ 1:00pm- 3:00pm Feb.19: Underground Microphone: Black [...]

Newspaper Clippings

Newspaper clippings have afforded a glimpse into the Black Life as both a community and culture dating back to late 1880s. These excerpts collected for Local and Regional newspaper outlets courtesy of local and national archives such as Lackawanna Historical Society, Scranton, PA; Albright Memorial Library of Scranton, PA; Pennsylvania State Library, Harrisburg PA; and



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Making History with a Pop- Up Exhibit

Opening Night of BSP's Black History Month Exhibition "Remembering and Understanding the Heritage of Black Scrantonians" Black Scranton Project's Pop-Up Exhibition If you were not at our opening reception inside the Marketplace at Steamtown on First Friday to kick of Black History Month, then you missed out on a monumental evening! Friday night was disrespectfully [...]

Shoutout: Black Art Exhibition

The Black Scranton Project is pleased to announce the launch of a new art venture with a pop-up show. This debut art exhibition will feature the works of emerging local Artists of Color among whom are talented contemporary painters, mixed media, and digital artists.

First Black Mail Carrier in Scranton

George A. Jones (1870-1951) In 1894, George A. Jones became the first African American mail carrier in the city of Scranton. This may sound like a trivial occupation to some folks, but this was just three decades after the slavery was abolished. To put it in perspective, 56.8% of the African American populations in the [...]

Little Negro Boy Begs for White Arm (1904)

After being hit by a train, five-year-old Albert Turner was taken to the Lackawanna Hospital for surgery. Due to the severity of the incident, the little Albert's arm was amputated. During his recovery  in the hospital the asked his doctor he could have a new arm-a white one. The little boy was offered the possibility of a prosthetic limb, but refused to accept unless the artificial arm was of a white complexion.