African American Museum in Philadelphia

Audacious Freedom: African Americans in Philadelphia 1776–1876

The primary focus is to re-count the stories of and contributions made by people of African descent in Philadelphia. Through this exhibit visitors will learn who the people were, how they lived and worked, and their unheralded impact on our nation.

When entering the Museum, visitors are welcomed with a general overview of the exhibition in Gallery 1, including an interactive timeline, highlighting a sequence of images, all drawn from the historical record, that spans 100 years of history. The images found on the timeline illuminate and explore topics of relevance including entrepreneurship, environment, education, religion, and family traditions.

In Gallery 2, visitors are surrounded by what appear to be ten full-size figures of trailblazers from 18th Century Philadelphia. The figures are actually full-size video projections, patiently waiting for a visitor to approach and actively engage them. Once activated, the individual trailblazer delivers an impassioned monologue about life in Philadelphia during the time period. Sound is delivered by directional speakers that filter the sound. These speakers create a unique atmosphere with each dialogue clearly understandable and undisturbed by additional visitors exploring the stories of other agents of change.

Client – African American Museum in Philadelphia

Project – Audacious Freedom: African Americans in Philadelphia 1776–1876

Size – 5,000 sq. ft.

Location – Philadelphia, PA

Scope of Work – Engineering, Fabrication, Installation

Designer – Eisterhold & Associates