Philadelphia Map Society

Dear Philadelphia Map Society,

Please RSVP by Monday, Feb 25 for this map event:

Wed., February 27, 2019  @ 5:30-7:30 PM: UPenn Prof. Dr. Amy Hillier at the Historical Society of PA will share the multi-year development of an exemplary online research tool "The Ward: Race & Class in Du Bois' Seventh Ward." Dr. W.E.B. Du Bois in 1896 was hired by the University of Pennsylvania at the behest of Susan P. Wharton to study residents of the Seventh Ward where the African American population was then focused, between Spruce and South Street, from Sixth to Twenty-Third. Dr. Du Bois conducted door-to-door interviews, preparing hand-drawn maps noting economic status and identifying the small portion of criminal class, in contrast to what he felt were city founders' biases that city crime arose in the Seventh Ward. These detailed maps with analysis were published in W.E.B. Du Bois' The Philadelphia Negro (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1899, 1996).

Dr. Hillier's team correlated Dr. Du Bois' maps with census and other data to provide detailed profiles of residents. She will also share her insights on historical mortgage redlining.  Dr. Hillier may touch on projects being pursued at UPenn's Price Lab on Digital Humanities.


Feel free to bring colleagues. Dinner will follow nearby and Dr. Hillier will be our guest.
With warm wishes,