Sunday, February 8, 2009
Germantown, Philadelphia, is the host of many historic sites, museums, and landmarks. In fact, Germantown is known for being one of the first places to start the anti-slavery movement. One of the most interesting places in Germantown, and most crucial to the 1850’s anti slavery movement is the John Johnson House. This site, which is open to the public, was an active part of the Underground Railroad and all three generations of the Johnson family that lived there were part of abolition groups. But some Philadelphia residents take this historic landmark for granted. The Johnson House reportedly only has under a handful of visitors a week. This is sad because the house is one of the few stops of the Philadelphia Underground Railroad that is still in one piece. The house even has a trapdoor above the kitchen where slaves could crawl out and lay on the roof while the house was being searched. Harriet Tubman was even sheltered here with other African-American slaves that she later guided to Lucreita Mott’s home in Cheltenham. You can even see some of the damage from musket rounds and cannonballs shot during the Battle of Germantown in 1777, and at the time the John Johnson House was one of the largest homes in Philadelphia. This house is something that you can’t miss because of its rich history and artifacts. It is located in the historic district at 3606 Germantown Avenue.
Group 2- Germantown- Steve Urgo, Amanda Hill, Erika Ransom
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