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“Healing through the Land: Black Faces in Green Spaces” – Guided Hike, Photo Exhibit & Concert

Join WeWalk PHL for a guided hike followed by an art exhibit, concert, and artist talk!


Sunday, April 30, 2023


8:00am - 12:00pm


Lemon Hill Playground
39 State Road 3007
Philadelphia, PA 19130

Join WeWalk PHL for a guided hike followed by an art exhibit, concert, and artist talk!

We’ll start out at the Lemon Hill Trail with a guided nature hike overlooking the river. We’ll then walk to Hatfield House to view a community curated exhibition titled “Healing through the Land: Black Faces in Green Spaces”. This exhibition features photographs taken by Black and Brown people in green spaces around Philadelphia. It is a collaboration between Fairmount Park Conservancy and various community groups, and it expresses the importance of inclusive access to natural lands. This fundamental sense of belonging has been reinforced by outdoor organizations welcoming Black and Brown people, such as WeWalk PHLGirlTrek Philadelphia, and In Color Birding Club. These groups engage and connect residents to free wellness resources and activities such as: walks, kayaking, bird watching, bike riding, gardening and cooking, and land stewardship practices.

This exhibit is both a celebration and reclamation of our relationship with the land, our community, our ancestors, and ourselves. The images are a testament to the joy, nourishment, community building, stewardship, and most importantly, individual and collective healing through an intimate connection to the land.

In addition to photographs, the exhibition will feature the handmade quilt work of Cynthia Malachi White. A member of the prestigious African American Quilt Circle of Durham, NC. White’s stunning work will take viewers on a cultural journey through the path of fabric and thread.

Estimated hike distance: 2.5 miles
Hike level: moderate
Hike terrain: combination of flat open parkland and hilly trails


  • 12:00-1:00 pm: Hike along the Lemon Hill Trail led by WeWalk PHL
  • 1:00-2:00 pm: Concert at Hatfield House with music by Denise King
  • 2:15-3:00 pm: Artist talk by Cynthia Malachi White
  • 3:00-4:00 pm: Concert by The Renaissance Sextet (members of the Renaissance Orchestra)


This event is held in conjunction with Jazz History at Hatfield House: Wonderful Women and Local Legends, a concert that is part of our Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) Series.



  • Hike is roughly 2.5 miles long over a combination of flat parkland and hilly trails (moderate exertion).
  • Please dress for the weather and wear good hiking shoes.
  • You’re welcome to bring your own food and drink for the concert.
  • There are bathrooms located at Hatfield House.
  • Bring a lawn chair or blanket for the outdoor concerts.
  • In the event of rain, performances will be moved inside the Hatfield House with limited seating.

For the hike, we’ll meet at Lemon Hill Playground as Hatfield House parking is limited. There is plenty of free parking near the playground. We also encourage event parking along Poplar Drive and Sedgely Drive (a short walk away).

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS:  By registering for this event you are agreeing to follow ALL of these protocols:

  • This event has limited capacity. Please only register if you fully intend to attend and let us know if you need to cancel ASAP.
  • If you or anyone in your household are exhibiting COVID-19 systems, please stay home.