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African American Museum moving to Ben Franklin Parkway

The African American Museum in Philadelphia is moving to be part of museum row on the Ben Franklin Parkway, officials announced yesterday.

  • Its home will be the former Family Court building at 1801 Vine St., a historic, columned, 240,000-sq.-ft. behemoth that’s sat vacant for years despite its prominent location right next to the Free Library’s main branch.

The library will also open a new kids center in part of the building. Four development teams are being considered, with a 5-year timeline for completion.

The former Cipriani Family Court Building at 18th and Vine

The former Cipriani Family Court Building at 18th and Vine

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Where to get free backpacks or donate to help school kids

Philly students are returning to learning in just a few weeks, and it’s time for families to stock up for going back to school.

  • Free backpacks are available at several events, and there are also a lot of orgs collecting bags and other necessities to donate to kids who need them.

From district-sponsored events to neighborhood nonprofit drives, Asha Prihar rounds up options for picking up or donating bookbags and supplies.

Laura Wagoner, Finance Director for the Republican Part of Pennsylvania, prepares to deliver donated backpacks to  the Wissahickon Charter School near Tioga-Nicetown.
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The Mayor’s Office hosts several interns each summer — in paid positions, which started after a 2018 Billy Penn article — and today Mayor Kenney speaks at a graduation ceremony for this summer’s cohort (9:15 a.m.).


🎰 BP Quizzo lands at the South Philly sports complex in Live’s Sports & Social bar, where cohosts Danya and Sakeenah will quiz you on trivia about all things Philadelphia. Prizes include gift cards and beach chairs, all free with RSVP. (6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17)

đŸč South Philly gets its own rum distillery with Otto Distilling Compnay, which is marking its grand opening with two days of giveaways, mixed drinks, and distillery tours. (12 to 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12  and 1 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13)🐚 TikTok famous foodie and Billy Penn contributor Noah Tanen takes over The Lunar Inn for a New England-style clam roll pop-up. And yes, there will be beachy cocktails. (11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14)

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