Photograph featured in the Journal of Negro Life, 1930 Louise Tanner Brown was a born in Beaver, Pa in 1883. Grew up in Pittsburgh, and later moved to Scranton while her father Rev. Richard Tanner was a pastor at Bethel AME Church. Mrs. Brown lived her life in Scranton as successful businesswoman, early activist in [...]
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 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 Newspapers.com
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The exhibit, entitled Game Changers: Pennsylvania Women who made history, showcases 32 Pennsylvania women who made a significant impact over the last century. One of those 32 women was a Black Scrantonian.
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 [...]
Muhammad Ali invited to city by former Mayoral Candidate Angelo Craig 1981 Muhammad Ali invited to city by former Mayoral Candidate Angelo Craig in 1981.
TODAY IN WOMEN'S HISTORY: Mrs. Clarence Bergen discusses "The Role of Negro Women in American Life" 1951
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 [...]
THIS DAY IN HISTORY- Dec 20, 1894, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Teenage boy named John Bird was tortured and falsely accused of murder. The assailants, two bigoted detectives assumed the worse of this black boy. According to this article published in the Scranton Tribune, "the boy knew nothing and says they hauled him up twice for several [...]