Date: Wednesday March 14, 2018
Time: 6:30-7:45 pm
Join WHYY at the Philadelphia Museum of Art for a premiere screening of The Montiers: An American Story, a documentary about the Montier and Morrey families, their role in Philadelphia and the artwork that survives today. Featuring comments from descendant William Pickens III and WHYY Producer Karen Smyles as well as noted curators and scholars, the film’s screening will be followed by a conversation and audience Q&A.
The Montiers: An American Story
In 1746, three decades before the signing of the Declaration of Independence, a free African American woman, Cremona Morrey, was bequeathed 198 acres of land just outside of Philadelphia. At the time, it was an amazing occurrence in every regard, but even more so because it was from her white common-law husband, Richard Morrey, son of the very first mayor of Philadelphia, Humphrey Morrey. This bequest established a strong, free African American community in Cheltenham, PA, that later spread throughout the Philadelphia area. A century later, a descendent, Hiram Montier became a successful boot maker with a shop in Center City. In 1841, Hiram and Elizabeth Montier were married and celebrated their union by having elegant wedding portraits painted. Over 175 years later, these extremely rare paintings hanging in the Philadelphia Museum of Art are a testament to the history and strength of the African American community in Philadelphia.
Included in Pay What You Wish admission. Seating is first come, first served. Find out more information here.
The Montiers: An American Story airs on WHYY-TV on Friday March 16, 2018 at 8:30 p.m.