Abraham Willing negotiated the purchase of his wife and son in Kingsessing Township in 1781. The sale of Dinah and Abraham Willing Jr. was somewhat unusual because they were enslaved…Read More
Plantations in Pennsylvania
Passages taken from “Slavery and Freedom at Bartram’s Garden” by Joel T. Fry, presented at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies conference: Investigating Mid-Atlantic Plantations: Slavery, Economies, and Space,…Read More
Mary and Grace Clark
On November 26, 1792, Mary and Grace Clark were manumitted by Ann Bartram (1741-1824), the youngest daughter of Bartram’s Garden founder, John Bartram (1699-1777). Mary Clark purchased her freedom from…Read More
Ready for spring planting?
Spring plant catalogue now available! Shop at our Welcome Center beginning April 1.Read More
“6 likely negroes”: John Bartram and the East Florida Plantation
On April 5, 1766, John Bartram wrote a letter to his son about a shipment from Charleston to East Florida. William Bartram became a plantation owner in the British colony…Read More
Executive Director Maitreyi Roy featured in USA Today
Hot off the presses: Executive Director Maitreyi Roy spoke with reporter Kyle Bagenstose of USA Today about investing in the Garden as an inclusive space rooted in racial equity, especially…Read More
Happy Black History Month!
As both the Marketing & Communications Coordinator and a Black woman who has lived around Southwest and West Philly her entire life, I’ve been thinking deeply about the ways I…Read More
Check out our Handmade Holidays vendors!
Aisha Toombs children’s books @nerdi.bunny // nerdibunny.com Check them out year-round through our shop! Astral Projects ceramic bolo ties, stoneware vessels, relief prints @shopastralprojects // Astral Projects Etsy Shop The…Read More
Cultivating the Wild: William Bartram’s Travels, A Documentary
“Cultivating the Wild” is a short (56 minutes 45 seconds) documentary that highlights a group of six environmentalists or, as the film calls them, “modern-day Bartrams.” Roughly following the path…Read More