the colored people's convention

Description of



Mural and community project that commemorates the Colored Conventions Movement a series of national, regional, and state conventions where Black speakers and activists of the time convened to discuss and pursue abolitionist goals. The first convention was held in Philadelphia.

Abolitionist, activist, author, and public speaker Frederick Douglass defined the national Colored Convention of 1883 with a powerful speech on the value of Black activism, “Why Hold A Colored Convention?”. We honor Frederick Douglass’s contributions to American history and embodying the power of imagery!


3rd & 4th Washington Ave. Philadelphia, PA


October 2022


Philadelphia Mural Arts Program

Lead Artist(s)

Ernel Martinez