Francis Scott Key School 

Grade: 5, Social Issue: Gun Violence

Faculty Advisors:
Lorenea Meskill and Delilah Baines-Washington
School Principal:
Pauline Cheung
Sponsored by:
Ned and Caren Borowsky

The 5th grade Young Heroes at Francis Scott Key took on the important social issue of Gun Violence. They used inquiry-based research to ask questions to two organizations, Philly CeaseFire and CeaseFire PA, as well as analyzed videos, articles, statistics, books, and websites. Once they finished their research, these heroes decided to take action by focusing on a community-based approach. They hoped to host a community event near their school to raise awareness about Gun Violence and how the community can assist in addressing this social issue. Once schools closed, students adapted their Social Action Project by focusing on digital, community-based actions. These included posters that raise awareness about gun violence and letters to lawmakers. The Young Heroes at Francis Scott Key have contacted lawmakers and plan on having a Virtual Town Hall with Kenyatta Johnson to read their letters and have a discussion with the councilman!

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Please note that some students are not identified by name on their letters for privacy purposes.



 Tilden Middle School

Grade: 6, Social Issue: Gun Violence

Faculty Advisors:
Charlette Walker, Stephanie Alessi, Stephanie Appling, David Turner, and  Shamari Scott
School Principal:
Timeka Ford-Smith
Sponsored by:
Individual Donors

The 6th graders at Tilden are ready for serious change in their community. This is their second year choosing Gun Violence as their social issue, which shows how important this problem is to them and their community. Students used their Freedom of Speech to express themselves by creating posters, a presentation, and a video addressing gun violence. They used their research to discuss how gun violence has affected their community. The Young Heroes at Tilden used their character trait, Courage, to include powerful personal testimonies in their video that showed how gun violence has affected them.

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Fall is for kids and Families
at the NLM.

The NLM offers a full calendar of virtual and on-site programs for kids and their families. We invite you to join us as we explore the themes of respect, taking action and spreading liberty to all.

Check out our exciting list of upcoming events for the fall.

Strength & Fragility Exhibition

*Final weeks to see the Peace Portal!

Strength & Fragility: The Story of the NLM highlights the life of the Museum’s founder Irvin J. Borowsky, and how his belief in universal equality and liberty, as well as his passion for contemporary glass art, led to the creation of the National Liberty Museum. Strength & Fragility includes engaging archival material, stunning glass artwork, immersive soundscapes and –*through September 12 only!– a magnificent 9-foot-high glass canopy by Ulla Darni, entitled the "Peace Portal.” Be sure to see this exhibition before the Peace Portal is taken down.

You'll find complete information here.

Art that acts as Social Commentary

The Graphic Content exhibition features graphic-centered artworks that take inspiration from counterculture tradition and give voice to those outside the mainstream. It features works that embody the artists' personal reflections on the current social and political climate.

The exhibition is on view through November 7, 2021
Learn more and purchase your Museum tickets now.

The artform of cartooning celebrates diversity, liberty, and inclusion

As a companion piece to the Graphic Content Exhibition, the NLM has brought back select pieces from Caretoons, a popular annual exhibition/competition that ran from 2005-2010. Through drawings submitted by children, as well as amateur and professional artists from around the world, the images in Caretoons grapple with contemporary issues through the approachable lens of cartoons and graphic art.

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An exhibition celebrating NLM Award Winners

Since the NLM’s founding, a major component of our work has been our series of annual awards programs honoring the everyday heroes who live among us. This exhibition celebrates teachers, students, police officers, firefighters & first-responders, and healthcare professionals who have demonstrated extraordinary courage and made a difference in the lives of others.

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Events at NLM

The NLM hosts a robust calendar of programs and events for adults, from thought-provoking panel discussions to fun and engaging tours and workshops.

To see what's happening this summer, click here.

For special evening adult programs, visit NLM@Night.

Virtual Guided Group Tours now available

Here's a great way to enjoy the NLM. Our staff will lead you on a virtual tour of the Museum, as they explain our history, our mission, and our special exhibitions. We offer a range of virtual guided tour themes or we can customize a tour specifically for your group.

You'll find complete information here.

Support the Next Generation of Heroes

Each school year, we send NLM educators directly into Philadelphia’s most underserved schools to teach students critical leadership skills, such as courage, integrity, responsibility, respect, and most important, empathy. We show them that they have the power through their First Amendment Rights to use these skills to make positive changes in their school and community.

Help us continue to bring this program to as many students as possible.
Click here to donate now.

Police officers, firefighters, and other emergency responders are honored

The National Liberty Museum celebrated its 15th annual Awards of Valor, presented by Your Local Chevrolet Dealers, via a virtual ceremony on Tuesday, December 8, 2020. The event included several notable keynote speakers and was attended by the honorees, their families and colleagues,

Learn more here about their impressive and inspirational stories.

NLM Honors Medical Professionals

The National Liberty Museum is proud to host its annual Healthcare Heroes Awards, presented by Teva Pharmaceuticals. This international awards program recognizes inspirational heroes in healthcare research and treatment whose accomplishments have profoundly benefited their patients, their field, and the global community.

The 2020 Awards Ceremony was held virtually on December 3.
Click here to learn about the honorees.

NLM honors 14 inspiring students from across the country

The National Liberty Museum celebrated its 20th annual TD Bank Young Heroes Awards with a Virtual Awards Ceremony on Saturday, September 12. The ceremony honored 14 inspiring students, ages 18 and younger, who identified an area where liberty was lacking and took action to make positive change in their local schools or communities.

Learn about these amazing young people here.