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In 1925 Fletcher (1895-1992) and Utensie (1902-2006) Hillian joined the Great Migration north, moving to Philadelphia in 1925 from South Carolina. They chose Philadelphia not just for the economic opportunities they believed they would find there, but also because of the opportunities for home ownership. Over the course of their lives, they made new lives in the city, helped family members make their own move to Philadelphia, and there raised a daughter in the home that they owned.
In Milo Manly's (1903-1991) 1984 interview, he discusses his experiences in Philadelphia during the 1920s and 1930s with the Lloyd Committee, Mothers Assistance Fund, and the Philadelphia branch of N.A.A.C.P. He also talks at length about his father, Alexander L. Manly (1866-1944), who fled in 1898 from a lynch mob in Wilmington, North Carolina to Washington D.C. and then to Philadelphia in 1902. There, as secretary of the Armstrong Association, he played a significant role in providing job opportunities for southern newcomers to the city during the First Great Migration.