Pa. History/Legacy


Ten reasons why Black people shouldn’t celebrate Independence Day | Michael Coard

BY: - July 4, 2023

Some 247 years later, we're still waiting for true freedom and liberation.


Residents of ex-Confederate states more likely to back violent, anti-gov’t protest | Opinion

BY: - June 30, 2023

It is more important than ever to reflect on the Battle of Gettysburg – and the terrible toll wrought by the violence there.

Your guide to Juneteenth events in the Philadelphia Region

BY: - June 19, 2023

This year, Juneteenth will be marked with free admission to several museums, community events, music performances, art showcases and festivals throughout the city and the Greater Philadelphia region.

Giovanni’s Room: The Booksellers who built a community

BY: - June 12, 2023

Philadelphia's landmark gay and feminist bookstore celebrates its 50th anniversary.

A crowd gathered to photograph the bronze statue of author Willa Cather after a dedication ceremony in the U.S. Capitol Statuary Hall on Wednesday June 7, 2023. The Cather statue is Nebraska's second added to the National Statuary Hall Collection. Ashley Murray/States Newsroom

Statue of renowned Nebraska author Willa Cather unveiled in U.S. Capitol

BY: - June 8, 2023

Cather began her writing career in Pittsburgh, where she worked as a journalist and teacher for a decade.

Pride in Philadelphia and beyond is a celebration for all. Here’s what’s happening across Pa.

BY: - June 5, 2023

June is pride month in Pennsylvania. The calendar is full this month and beyond in Philadelphia and across the state.


What is Memorial Day? Why do we celebrate it? The holiday’s history, explained | Opinion

BY: - May 29, 2023

In the years following the bitter Civil War, a former Union general took a holiday originated by former Confederates and helped spread it across the entire country.


Through a visitor’s eyes: What you say when you fly confederate colors in Pa. | Charles D. Allen

BY: - May 17, 2023

North of the Mason-Dixon, it's more difficult to claim 'Heritage, not Hate,' a visiting military officer observed.   

African-American Museum

Philly African-American Museum’s CEO gets Biden appointment

BY: - April 1, 2023

Ashley Jordan, who has served as CEO since 2021, has has been named to serve on the National Museum and Library Services Board.

Pa. House elects Joanna McClinton as the first Black woman to serve as speaker

BY: - February 28, 2023

[This story was updated at 4:14 p.m., Tuesday, 2/28/2023, to include additional reporting.] The Pennsylvania House of Representatives elected Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Philadelphia, on Tuesday to lead the chamber as the first woman and second Black speaker. McClinton’s election immediately followed Rep. Mark Rozzi’s resignation as speaker after the Berks County Democrat said he had […]

Summer Lee swearing-in

Pa. U.S. Rep. Summer Lee celebrates Black achievement during ceremonial swearing-in

BY: - February 19, 2023

'We are going to have to decide what our country is going to be, and who it is going to be for,' Lee said.

‘Our history and culture is a people’s story’: Philly Tribune honors Black leaders

BY: - February 18, 2023

This year’s honorees included Estelle Richman, executive director of the Coalition to Save Lives.