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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 Credit: Wikimedia Commons / Beyond My Ken

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.

Credit: Angela Gervasi / Billy Penn

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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)

? 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)