Attractions - Museums
MISSION: Founded in 1991 ICPIC New Africa Center is a 501c3 nonprofit educational/cultural organization registered with the state of PA and the IRS. Our ICPIC New Africa Center offer programs and services in the Delaware Valley Tri-State area. Our primary purpose is to preserve the African American rich cultural heritage and legacy to pass on to future generations and to foster intergroup respect, tolerance and multicultural understanding. ICPIC is dedicated to the community development and revitalization of our neighborhoods.
New Freedom District Tours Introduction
The Lancaster Avenue Historic New Freedom District goes from 32nd to 48th Streets west on Lancaster Avenue and the surrounding area in West Philadelphia. The goals are to highlight and preserve the rich cultural history of African American institutions, organizations, events and individual achievements in their quest for self- determination freedom, justice & equality.
Some of the Historical Sites include: Local Hero’s Mural, Belmont Mansion Underground Railroad
Museum, Paul Robeson House, Dr. Martin Luther King Mural & Marker, Nation of Islam Temple #12,
Stephen Smith Home, Sarah Allen Nursing Home, Blankenburg School Yard, Community Education Center, Sister Clara Muhammad School & Muhammad Park, Quba Institute, African Methodist Episcopal Church, First African Presbyterian Church and many other Murals and PA Historical Markers.
We offer the following programs for youth and adults.
• Classroom and Auditorium Presentations • School Fairs • Conferences • Walking and Bus Tours • Enslaved Africans & Abolitionist Reenactment stories • Teacher & Workforce Diversity Training workshops • ICPIC New Africa Center Museum tour and site visits.
ANTICIPATED IMPACT AND OUTCOMES
These tours will highlight African American institutions, organizations, events, and individual
achievements while impacting the community by instilling civic pride in our collective historic
achievements, cultivating area youth to see themselves as inheritors of our past achievements and redefining the role of citizenship through education. The Lancaster Ave Historic New Freedom District Tours project will highlight African Americans’ first migration to the area during the Underground Railroad, the Great Migration, and the Civil Rights Movement as well as historical
events that highlight their quest for self determination, justice, and equality. The New Freedom
District Tours project will also improve student achievements, strengthening their critical thinking skills and historical knowledge. Through the New Freedom District program students will experience an increased sense of community pride and citizenship. Through exposure to information and knowledge these youth will see themselves as part of their neighborhood in a way they may never have perceived before. These programs address one of the root causes of violence, juvenile delinquency and mental illness in our community, the inferiority complex disorder.