The Black LGBT Archivists Society of Philadelphia (or ‘the Archivists Society’) was established in March 2007 as a vehicle for creating, collecting, preserving and exhibiting a rich and unedited history of Black/African-American lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities in Philadelphia, PA.
Its inaugural exhibition, A Journey in Pride: Reflections of Philadelphia’s Black Gay History in April 2007, displayed over 950 historical items, representing different life experiences and other moments of historical importance during the early 1950s to the present. Artifacts for this collection were pooled from twenty-six Philadelphians and three organizations who loaned or donated newspaper articles, pins and buttons, photographs, brochures, protests materials, historical clothing and audio and visual recordings.
The Archivists Society is committed to documenting, preserving and exhibiting items that speak to the experiences of Black LGBT populations in the greater Philadelphia region, and working with diverse communities that are interested in these experiences. It serves as a novel idea for developing local Philadelphian’s identities and roles as historical archivists and experts on different aspects of Philadelphia’s rich history. It also functions as a local storehouse dedicated to community education through loaned and donated items.
Become a part of our vision. For more information, please email Kevin Trimell Jones.