James Forten Historical Marker
James Forten was a wealthy African American sail maker who employed craftsmen of all races. A contemporary of Absalom Jones, Robert Purvis and Richard Allen, Forten was a leader of the African American community in Philadelphia and a champion of reform causes. The multi-racial American Antislavery Society was first convened here at Forten's house in 1833.
- Nash, Gary B. Forging Freedom: The Formation of Philadelphia's Black Community, 1720-1840. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1998.
- Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. "James Forten." Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. Avaialble at: http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?objID=442806&mode=2&open=514&markerId=1044