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The Archive of Torbert

June 29, 2022

The Archive of Torbert's Journey

Torbert Ganges was born around 1839 in Bucks County.[1] His first appearance in the historical record was at age 11. In the 1850 Federal Census, he was listed in the...

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Publications

Slavery & Freedom at Bartram’s Garden
Research paper by Joel T. Fry (2019), presented at Investigating Mid-Atlantic Plantations.

Stories We Know: Recording the Black History of Bartram’s Garden and Southwest Philadelphia
Research by Sharece Blakney with contributions by Antoine Akines, Sade Black, Chris Bolden-Newsome, Joel T. Fry, Tykia Jerry, Ahmad Muhaimin, Aislin Pentecost-Farren, Qiana Ganges, and Aseel Rasheed (2017).

Jogging Along with and without James Logan: Early Plant Science in Philadelphia
Research paper by Joel T. Fry (2014), presented at James Logan and the Networks of Atlantic Culture and Politics, 1699–1751.

Moses Bartram’s Account Book, 1778–1788: Notes Made by a Philadelphia Apothecary
Essay by Eleanora Gordon Baird, MD (2003).

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