Henry Ossawa Tanner Homesite

Address: 2908 West Diamond Street, Philadelphia, PA 19121

Neighborhood: Strawberry Mansion


Description: This row house, greatly altered from its original appearance, was the boyhood home of Henry Ossawa Tanner, one of America’s best-known black artists. Tanner studied in Philadelphia under Thomas Eakins, and although he subsequently spent most of his productive life in Europe, many of his works, including his well-known Banjo Lesson (1893), reflect the black experience in America. In 1927, New York’s National Academy of Design elected Tanner as its first black academician.

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Information for Visitors

  • Private residence


  • Arts through the ages – music, art, theater
  • Celebrating diversity – African American, women, and minority stories

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