Society to Preserve Philadelphia African American Assets

The Society to Preserve Philadelphia African American Assets (SPPAAA), a 501C3 organization, will advocate and act to preserve, maintain ownership and ensure awareness of historic and culturally significant assets (properties, murals, monuments, placards, cemeteries, and archeological sites).

Help out when you can and be an advocate.

Our Focus Areas


Identify historic and culturally significant real estate assets. Maintain a list of these historically significant properties .


Advocate to preserve our properties and maintain African American ownership. Identify resources to help you maintain your property


Seek solutions and resources that provide funding for maintenance, acquisition, or sustainment. Monitor the existing historic designations: (e.g. historic markers, murals, historic commission designations, etc.) City, State and National. Submit or ensure awareness or oversight of applications for designations.

Marketing & Education

Act to ensure representation of our history. Increase awareness through promotions, events, tours and products.


Save henry O Tanner House

Save the Henry O Tanner House

Endangered Property

This property was in danger of being demolished.  The Friends of the Henry O. Tanner house are working to save it

Byberry Burial Ground

Byberry Township African American Burial Ground

Endangered Property

For over 200 years, this site has been unrecognizable as the sacred burial site of free and formerly enslaved blacks.  This long term project will give these ancestors dignity

Historic marker

Historic Designations

Monitor designations

Check on existing designations, nominations that are in process and submit nominations

Asset Identification

Updating the list of significant properties

Updating a list of over 500 properties

SPPAAA Happenings

Here’s the latest news, Blogs or upcoming events

You can help the cause. Be a Volunteer or a Member.
Here's How & Why

Informative - Maintain Awareness

As a volunteer or member, you can help us stay on top of things and learn in the process

Educational Programs & Events

Workshops, tours, newsletters and more

Discounts on Products & Events

Member benefits vary by level. Please join us.

contact us

Society to Preserve Philadelphia African American Assets (SPPAAA)

6353 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19144

Ph: 215-844-4200