Thursday, March 5, 2020
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Center for Architecture + Design, 1218 Arch Street
At its core, historic preservation is about storytelling. Whose story is told and whose story is preserved? The built environment reflects racial inequalities. Places associated with African American history and culture typically lack architectural significance. But these unadorned places matter. They hold stories of faith, resistance and triumph. “The Negro Motorist Green Book” tells the story of the architecture of segregation. Green Book businesses were clustered in African American neighborhoods. In the wake of Philadelphia’s development boom, the invisible map of safe and welcoming places is now a map of gentrification, displacement and erasure of black presence from public memory.
Faye M. Anderson