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Sponsors & Contributors

Richardson Museum 

Earth Conservation Coprs

Rappaport Comp.

Skyland Town Center

Humanitites Council

River Park Friends in Southwest Washington, D.C.

Joseph and Lynn Horning CFNCR

Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development

Randle AME Church

Asbury UMC 

Lloyd D. Smith Foundation

DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities

Eric Gordon 

The Nixon Family

Tendani Upulubusi El

Capitan Maxwell and Vicky Kennedy


Far NE Weed and Seed

About Lloyd D. Smith (1933-2004)


Building the replica of the 1848 Pearl schooner Spirit of the Pearl with youth and volunteers as an educational, training, and creative enterprise experience.


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The Pearl Coalition (TPC) in partnership with the Richardson Museum in Cambridge MD, has officially kicked off a two-year capital campaign to build the Spirit of the Pearl schooner. The partnerships major goal is to: #buildthePearl; to increase awareness of The Pearl’s voyage and its passengers contribution to American history that led to the end of slavery in DC and nationally; engage 1,000 students in experiential education opportunities by participating in the building of the a replica of the Pearl schooner and programming. 

Learn More, Help #BuildThePearl

"Make A  Donation Today And Your Donation Will Be Matched Up To $50,000!"

Make a small donation of $10, $25, $100 or more to help us reach our Capital Campaige goal to build the Pearl schooner.  Thanks to the Horning Family Foundation, Pepco, Strauss Foundation, and the Smith Family, Donations up to $50,000 will be matched!  Volunteer to connect your children’s schools, community organization, church group or business to help build the “Spirit of he Pearl” schooner. 



Support our Social Enterprise / Small Businesses

Our partnering small business make donations to the TPC with every referal, and hire our TPC workforce program participants.  Help #builthepearl and create jobs with every service.  Learn More Here!

The Pearl Coalition recognized by The District of Columbia City Council with a resolution honoring descendents and progenitors of the Pearl Escape with DC City Council Resolution CER 20-13.

Building on the Heritage of Washington, D.C.

The Pearl Coalition's mission is Building the replica of the 1848 Pearl schooner Spirit of the Pearl with youth and volunteers as an educational, training, and creative enterprise experience. This organization is a growing educational institution that will facilitate cultural offerings, destinations, and experiences that highlight the array of racial, social, economic factors and contributions of the people and places involved in the Pearl escape, and the inner workings of the Underground Railroad.

Heritage Tourism & Community Development

The Pearl Coalition's vision is to bring to the Metro region a comprehensive tourism destination connected to the Southwest Waterfront, letting both tourists and residents reconnect with African American heritage linked to Washington D.C.

The flagship of this destination will be a replica of The Pearl, setting sail on a daily basis on the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers.  The beautiful Pearl and connected experiences will be operated across the board as a social enterprise that will provide job training and educational programs for local youth, create awareness of African American history, and educate visitors to our nation's capital.  Programs and activities will ultimately be operated in collaboration with contracting entities centered around youth development and maritime history.  The Pearl Coalition will also work with historical institutions such as The City Museum of Washington, D.C. or the National African American Museum to present a holistic view of African American history. Read more about our programs.

Living History - Visual & Media Arts Program