Philly's Population

Percentage of residents who are:

Black or African-American - 41%

Non-Hispanic white - 35%

Hispanic or Latino - 15%

Asian - 8%

Other - 2%

(Source: https://www.pewtrusts.org/-/media/assets/2019/10/sotc_2019.pdf)

Black Owned & Essential AF
According to visitphilly.com, in 2018, 7.6 billion dollars was spent by 44 million visitors to our city. How much of that do you think made it to the hood?!....i’ll wait. Visitors spent 4 billion of those dollars on just food, drinks and recreation alone. Imagine if only 10 percent (400 million dollars!) went to lower income neighborhoods every year...this money could be used for a multitude of reasons including providing adequate mental health services, modern playground equipment, improved rec centers, grants for black businesses, and full scholarships to so many more students! Our bright future for the Black community will be unstoppable!
As the pandemic begin to cause real concern this past winter, and businesses were forced to close their doors for an unforeseen amount of time, our first thoughts centered around black businesses reopening once the economy does. As of February 2020, we owned 1.1 million black businesses in the United States. According to the Center for Responsible Lending a staggering 95 percent of black owned business were denied funding in the Paycheck Protection Program which is resulting in upwards of 40% of black businesses forced to close their doors forever. (source: UC Santa Cruz).
Philly Experiences began in 2018 as a grass-roots project to give Philly visitors an alternative to traditional tourists' attractions while purposefully directing foot traffic and financial support to local Black businesses. We believe that YOU deserve to vacation and simply enjoy life how you see fit! Here at Philly Experiences stands for group economics, increasing the minimum wage, making the human connection between business owner and consumer and being one of many responsible voices for the Black + LGBTQ community!
 WE ARE THE CHANGE WE WANT, NEED & DEMAND TO SEE!

Philadelphia’s minimum wage compared with those of other cities

The minimum wage in Philadelphia remained at the federal figure of $7.25 per hour as of Jan. 1, 2020. States have the authority to raise their minimums above that level, and 29 of them, plus the District of Columbia, have done so. Many cities, particularly those where overall wages are relatively high, have raised their minimums above their state baselines. But in 28 states, including Pennsylvania, state law prevents local jurisdictions from doing so, a policy known as pre-emption.

Figure 1 shows the minimum wage in 31 cities, including nearly all of the nation’s largest, regardless of whether they are subject to state pre-emption or whether the minimum applies locally or statewide. The highest minimums are $16.39 in Seattle; $15.59 in San Francisco; $15.25 in San Jose, California; and $15 in New York. The rate is $14 in Washington, D.C.; $12.75 in Boston; and $11 in Baltimore. Nearly all of the highest minimums are local rates; Washington state has the highest state minimum, at $13.50.

Notably, the poorest cities within this comparison group—those with poverty rates higher than 20%, which includes Philadelphia—are all in states with minimum wage pre-emption, and almost all have a $7.25 minimum wage. The exception is Detroit; Michigan’s statewide minimum is $9.65.

Over time, inflation has eroded the real value of the federal minimum wage, which is also Pennsylvania’s minimum, and that has effectively lowered the buying power of the minimum in Philadelphia.

In a region with relatively high wages overall and a comparatively high cost of living, this trend has left Philadelphia with what is in effect the lowest wage floor of any large American city. By 2018, the percentage of Philadelphians earning the minimum or less had dropped to its lowest level since 2006.

Economic conditions and policy decisions regarding the minimum wage will determine the trajectory of those trends in the post-COVID-19 era.

Source: https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/issue-briefs/2020/05/how-philadelphias-minimum-wage-compares-with-other-us-cities

Black Historic Places to Visit

Johnson House Historic Site

6306 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19144

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Johnson House Historic Site, Inc. is Philadelphia’s only accessible and intact stop on the Underground Railroad. During the 19th century, and for several generations beyond, the Johnson House was owned by a family of Quaker abolitionists who worked with other European Americans, and African Americans — free and enslaved, to secure safe passage to freedom along the extensive network of clandestine routes and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad. 

(Source: http://www.johnsonhouse.org/)

The Colored Girls Museum

4613 Newhall St
Philadelphia, PA 19144

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The Colored Girls Museum is a memoir museum, which honors the stories, experiences, and history of ordinary Colored Girls. This museum initiates the object—submitted by the colored girl herself, as representative of an aspect of her story and personal history, which she finds meaningful; her object embodies her experience and expression of being a Colored Girl. The Colored Girls Museum is headquartered in the historic neighborhood of Germantown in Philadelphia, an area renowned for its compliment of historic buildings and homes. (Source: http://www.thecoloredgirlsmuseum.com/about-2)

 

Paul Robeson House

4951 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19139

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Paul Robeson is best known for his deep singing voice, playing a title role in Showboat among other shows. But when he wasn’t performing, Robeson was a vocal civil rights activist. At the end of his career, Robeson moved to this house in West Philadelphia to live with his sister. Today, it is home to the West Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, which still runs the Paul Robeson House and Museum.

(Source: Historic for culture, civil rights By Melissa Romero)

https://philly.curbed.com/maps/black-history-philadelphia-historic-sites

Octavius V. Catto Memorial

Located on the south side of City Hall, the Octavius V. Catto Memorial is the first monument in Philadelphia dedicated to an individual African-American

Octavius Valentine Catto (February 22, 1839 – October 10, 1871) was an American educator, intellectual, and civil rights activist in Philadelphia. He became principal of male students at the Institute for Colored Youth, where he had also been educated. Born free in Charleston, South Carolina, in a prominent mixed-race family, he moved north as a boy with his family. He became educated and served as a teacher, becoming active in civil rights. As a man, he also became known as a top cricket and baseball player in 19th-century PhiladelphiaPennsylvania. (Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Octavius_Catto)

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