Uncovering history’s hidden stories: Autumn Womack’s journey from grade-school history camp to Toni Morrison’s archives

Written by
Sean Downey
Feb. 5, 2024

Growing up in Philadelphia, Autumn Womack was a bit of a history nerd who immersed herself in books. In the summer after sixth grade, Womack attended a city-sponsored camp at the now-closed Atwater Kent Museum that sparked her curiosity for the objects, people and moments tied to the historical stories she loved. “Every week we would study a different era of Philadelphia history,” Womack said. “To help us relate, we were given an identity of an individual who lived during that time.”