Sept 07:  Welcoming Scranton - A Celebration of Neighbors & Community, 3:00-6:00pm.  Connor's Park, 515 Orchard St, Scranton, Pa. Sept 06:  Small Space Pop-Up @ First Friday. 5:30pm-8:00pm - The Marketplace at Steamtown, 300 Lackawanna Ave, Scranton. Aug 02: First Friday: Black Scranton Art by Travis Prince and Glynis Johns at The Garden Mediterranean Restaurant July [...]

Newspaper Clippings

Newspaper clippings have afforded a glimpse into the Black Life as both a community and culture dating back to late 1880s. These excerpts collected for Local and Regional newspaper outlets courtesy of local and national archives such as Lackawanna Historical Society, Scranton, PA; Albright Memorial Library of Scranton, PA; Pennsylvania State Library, Harrisburg PA; and


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Louise Tanner Brown (1883-1955)

Photograph featured in the Journal of Negro Life, 1930 Louise Tanner Brown was a born in Beaver, Pa in 1883. Grew up in Pittsburgh, and later moved to Scranton while her father Rev. Richard Tanner was a pastor at Bethel AME Church. Mrs. Brown lived her life in Scranton as successful businesswoman, early activist in [...]

Making History with a Pop- Up Exhibit

Opening Night of BSP's Black History Month Exhibition "Remembering and Understanding the Heritage of Black Scrantonians" Black Scranton Project's Pop-Up Exhibition If you were not at our opening reception inside the Marketplace at Steamtown on First Friday to kick of Black History Month, then you missed out on a monumental evening! Friday night was disrespectfully [...]

Negro History Week in Scranton, 1954

“Negro Week Program Set” at the Progressive Center back in 1954, in cooperation with celebrations across the country.   "'Negro Week' Program Set" -Scrantonian Tribune, Scranton PA, page 4, Feb. 14, 1954. 66 years ago the Progressive Center in Scranton organized educational displays focused on the contributions of African Americans.  The Scranton Public library even [...]


Today is Juneteenth. What a glorious day it is today for Pennsylvania (if you just ignore the rain)! Juneteenth. “June” and “Nineteenth.” The observance of Juneteenth dates to June 19, 1865, when Union General Gordon Granger announced in Galveston, Texas, that all slaves were free. Despite Abraham Lincoln having issued the Emancipation Proclamation more than [...]