Posted March 12, 2009

Blockson Collection celebrates Women’s History Month

A hymn book owned by Harriet Tubman, abolitionist and conductor of the Underground Railroad, was among the artifacts displayed as part of the Women’s History Month celebration held at the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection on March 5. The Blockson Collection displayed the artifacts — which included a shawl given to Tubman by Queen Victoria of England, a memorial program from her funeral and other collectables — as part of its yearly homage to notable African American women.

This year’s honorees were: City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell; author and

A hymn book owned by Harriet Tubman
Photo by Ryan S. Brandenberg/Temple University
A hymn book owned by Harriet Tubman
educator Marie T. Bogle; Odunde Festival founder Lois Fernandez; television news pioneer Trudy Haines; Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Annette John-Hall; founder and president of the American Women’s History Museum Audrey Johnson-Thornton; philanthropist Beverly Lomax; and Willa Ward-Royster, last remaining member of the gospel group the Clara Ward Singers. Poet and publisher for Third World Press Haki Madhubuti performed several poems as part of the festivities, which were broadcast live on WURD 990-AM and hosted by the station’s programming director, Thera Martin Connelly.