Elephants on the Avenue: Haiku Trail to Freedom

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1/5: Historic Germantown Second Saturday season opener, 2015. Photo by Jill Saull. Courtesy of Historic Germantown.
2/5: Historic Germantown’s poetry reading with Sonia Sanchez. Photo by Jill Saul.
3/5: Historic Germantown’s poetry reading with Sonia Sanchez. Photo by Jill Saul.
4/5: Sonia Sanchez and Trapeta Mayson at Historic Germantown’s poetry reading with Sonia Sanchez. Photo by Jill Saul.
5/5: Historic Germantown’s poetry reading with Sonia Sanchez. Photo by Jill Saul.

Pew Fellow and former Philadelphia Poet Laureate Sonia Sanchez leads a poetry workshop exploring the history of Johnson House, Philadelphia’s only intact stop on the Underground Railroad, in conjunction with Historic Germantown’s Center-funded project Elephants on the Avenue: Race, Class and Community in Historic Germantown.

Participants will read and discuss 19th century works from abolitionist poets, followed by writing exercises that pull inspiration from the rich African-American history of Johnson House and Historic Germantown. Attendees will receive an autographed copy of Sonia Sanchez’s Morning Haiku, a poetry journal meant to inspire further steps toward justice and equality.

This event is free, click here to RSVP.


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