Getting to know resident Chester historian Twyla Simpkins, better known as Ms. T

Twyla Simpkins holding artwork

By Karen Price Twyla Simpkins remembers being a little girl and mashing up crayon shavings so that she could color the people in pictures to look like her.  From that very early desire to see herself in the world grew an interest in finding Black history memorabilia and artifacts, and a passion for collecting and…

A trove of 19th-century Black history awaits within Victorian house museum in Philadelphia

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When you think of what’s contained within a Victorian house museum, a collection of largely unknown Black history probably wouldn’t be the first thing to come to mind.
But Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion, located in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia, isn’t your typical Victorian house museum. Although the house itself doesn’t have a direct link to Black history, the museum’s commitment to serving its predominantly Black neighbors has created a space to share the stories of prominent African Americans of the 19th century.