Lest We Forget Museum of Slavery

Founded by J. Justin and Gwen Ragsdale in 2002, the Lest We Forget Museum of Slavery (LWF) is considered to be the only museum in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area that contains artifacts utilized during the Trans-Atlantic slave trade.  Also known as the Lest We Forget Black Holocaust Slavery Museum, this institution was created by the husband-and-wife collectors who passionately share their private collection of more than 1,800 items with the public. 

Located at 5501 Germantown Avenue, the founders’ vision, as per the museum’s website, is to “channel the strength and perseverance of African ancestors and exemplify the legacy of their greatness.” LWF has been housed at the Germantown Historical Society, operated by Historic Germantown, since Autumn 2018.