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ADVOCACY UPDATE: Good news for two Black heritage sites in Philadelphia region

April has brought good news for two notable African American heritage sites in our region – the Dox Thrash House in North Philadelphia and Abolition Hall/Hovenden House in Whitemarsh Township, PA.

On Thursday, April 8, the Whitemarsh Township Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to authorize an agreement of sale for the public purchase of the Corson Homestead (including Abolition Hall, the Hovenden House, the Stone Barn, and adjacent fields, located at the intersection of Butler Pike and E. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting, PA). This is a hard-fought win for the Friends of Abolition Hall who have been advocating for a historically sensitive plan and reuse of the site since 2016.

And here in Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency and City of Philadelphia Department of Commerce have just announced a nearly $600k grant to Beech Companies toward the stabilization and redevelopment of the Dox Thrash House in North Philadelphia (2340 Cecil B. Moore Ave). The Preservation Alliance successfully nominated the former home of celebrated printmaker Dox Thrash to the Philadelphia Register in 2013, but it has since waited for the right mix of partners and funding to bring it back to life. Congrats to Beech and The Dox Thrash House Project on all their hard work thus far.

Dox Thrash House


May Preservation To-Do List

May is Preservation Month! This month show your love for preservation by visiting Philadelphia’s many historic sites now open for seasonal tours, volunteering for Love Your Park week, and joining a few of the many virtual lectures presented by great organizations such as the Athenaeum, Historic Rittenhouse Town, Carpenters’ Hall, and many more…

Click here to view more preservation-related events around town this month.

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