AAMP highlights the Black Farmer

AAMP highlights the Black Farmer

What’s up everyone?  It’s officially summer time  depending on what part of the world you live in. I’m gearing up for a Septa bus ride downtown, about to get my ice coffee and eat on, maybe tweet a bit, but decided to pop in and post a quick blog about something that’s going on at the African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP). They have   a cool exhibition, which features approximately 60 images that depict the lives and working conditions of black farmers from various parts of the United States.

On display from: April 10 – August 17, 2014, you can check out the exhibition at the AAMP titled Distant Echoes: Black Farmers In America. Distant Echoes is a collection of visual documents of the final generation of Black family farmers. First off and foremost this amazing collection documents the lives and working conditions of those farmers in the United States, through numerous pictures by award-winning photographer John Francis Ficara.  Distant Echoes traces the lives of African American farmers through their daily struggles and accomplishments.  It is important to know the history of African American farmers because they have played a very important role in American history and culture.

Last, but not least, the photos were taken all over the country: Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, and Michigan.   The images and likeness  in his photo essay were not  used in any type of demeaning, disrespectful, comedic or negative manner in any way, shape, fashion or form. Thumbs up because, John Ficara puts his best effort forward to show how these farmers have faced many trials and tribulations surrounding their wealth, independence, and full citizenship and human rights as Black men in America at times when they were not fully accepted. That’s it for now.  I`m off to take care of a few things so go check it out.

The African American Museum in Philadelphia

701 Arch St., Philadelphia, PA 19106-1504

Local: 215-574-0380

Discounts Offered: AAA Discount, AARP Discount, Group Discount, Senior Citizen Discount, Student Discount, Free with STAMP pass.

Facility Amenities: ADA-compliant, Gift Shop, Guided Tours, Handicapped Access, Vending machines.

General Information: Dates Closed: Closed Mondays.  Open: Tues. – Sat. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sun. noon – 5 p.m.


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Ophelia Murray