April 12, 2017

Artists commemorate Great Migration to Philadelphia in new AAMP exhibit

'Tone Poems & Light Stories: The Great Migration' will be on view for a limited time

Arts & Culture Exhibits
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The African American Museum in Philadelphia at 701 Arch St.

Between 1910 and 1970, more than 6 million African-Americans relocated to the Northeast, Midwest and West from the South. The mass movement, referred to as the Great Migration, had a huge impact on urban life in the United States.

A new urban African-American culture began to grow, along with an increase in political activism among African-Americans.

To commemorate the impact of five Philly institutions on the Great Migration, the African American Museum in Philadelphia partnered with Scribe Video Center to present "Tone Poems & Light Stories: The Great Migration."

The new exhibit will open Thursday, April 13, with an opening reception from 6-8 p.m.

Five artists were commissioned to create audio or video works for the museum. They pulled inspiration from Mother Bethel AME Church, Universal Negro Improvement Association, Tindley Temple, The Wissahickon Boys Club and The Philadelphia Tribune.

"The exhibition presents these extraordinary contemporary artists’ perspective on the ways The Great Migration forged new black worlds," according to AAMP.


"Tone Poems & Light Stories: The Great Migration"

Thursday, April 13 through Sunday, June 4
African American Museum in Philadelphia
701 Arch St.
(215) 574-0380