Save Lest We Forget Slavery Museum

Established in 2002, Lest We Forget Slavery Museum (LWF) is the only Philadelphia area museum with actual slavery artifacts that reveal the history of how different coming to America was for enslaved Africans. Hundreds of shackles, manacles, branding irons and other forms of ironware are displayed throughout. Numerous Bill of Sale documents reveal how slaves were bought and sold like chattel property are on display. Also included, are a significant number of Jim Crow objects purposely created to negatively depict Negroes and further fan the fires of bigotry that led to lasting racist attitudes toward African Americans today. Several exhibits ranging from the capture of Africans to the emancipation of African Americans and the contributions they made in the building of America are included in the guided tours. This small-sized museum contains a huge amount of history not generally found in many history books raises visitors' level of consciousness and awareness. The exclusive LWF "Killed by Others - Killed by Brothers" exhibit provides a direct and disturbing correlation between violence dealt to blacks by others during and post slavery with the genocidal killings currently affecting many black communities by brothers today. LWF slavery museum reveals a dark and tragic period in American history while also shedding a positive light of understanding the value of this historic period and the knowledge it provides.

The horrendous winter of 2013 wreaked havoc on the 18,000 square foot building which houses the 3,500 square foot LWF museum. As a result we are desperately in need of a new roof, electrical work and general repairs. Without the much needed funding LWF museum is in jeopardy of going away along with the display of rare artifacts and valuable knowledge we provide. Not only will the funding enable us to replace the roof and do other desperately needed repair work to our building; a 1950's former rubber gasket factory, we will also be able to expand our museum space and exhibit even more of our garnered collectibles and artifacts presently in storage. Without financial support we will be forced to close our doors indefinitely.
Any amount of donation will be greatly appreciated and utilized as previously mentioned. We thank you for your consideration of our plea for financial assistance and hope that you will find our labor of love and gift of knowledge to the general public one worthy of your support.   With the utmost appreciation, J. Justin and Gwen Ragsdale, Curators, Lest We Forget Slavery Museum 
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