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Storefront photograph of the Horn & Hardart restaurant at 1429 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA.

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Novelty postcard of three African American toddlers sitting on a log across a river from an alligator

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Postcard showing City Hall, Saratoga Hotel, and Post Office in Palatka, Florida

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Photograph of the corner of 13th and Lombard Streets, Philadelphia, PA, circa 1928.

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This is a flyer for Henry Disston and Son, Inc., a saw manufacturing company.

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In 1960-1961, the Human Relations Commission of Philadelphia investigated over 60 Philadelphia based restaurants and hotels for their alleged violation of the city's Fair Employment Practice ordinance.

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James Logan School was an all Black school during the Great Migration located at the intersection of 19th street and Reed street.

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This YMCA on Christian Street--the Philadelphia Y that was not segregated--was a popular place to stay for locals and newcomers to the city.

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Polite Temple Baptist Church, in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia at 38 E. Price St. where narrator Lillie McKnight attended and was named "Mother of the Church."

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1218 North Hutchinson Street in Philadelphia, a view of Mrs. Payton ironing, with Robert Lee standing in the doorway. The photograph was taken by the Housing Association of Delaware Valley, known at the time of the photograph as the Philadelphia…

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African-American Women with Brooms of Bambusa

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This image was taken the morning after Zachariah Walker's murder at the site of his lynching. Zachariah was dragged from the hospital by a lynch mob in Coatesville, PA, after being accused of killing a White security guard and former policeman, Edgar…

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From LOC record description: "Room for maids who work in boarding house for single men who are mostly employed at the Consolidated Aircrafts. Notice the laundry tub in same room. The maids are paid five dollars per week and room and board. San Diego,…

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A view of Market Street, Philadelphia, in which the Fox Theatre is clearly visible.

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A photo of South Street, Philadelphia looking east from 11th street

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Major R. R. Wright, the founder of Citizens and Southern Bank, stands outside its doors. Wright created Citizens and Southern in response to the failings of other Black-owned banks. He kept his bank small, and it was one of the few to re-open after…

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Designed by Thomas Lamb, the Colonial was built in 1913. Like many Philadelphia theaters, the Colonial was segregated, but Jack Jones as a child recalls putting up with the segregation because the movies were so good.

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This short article provides an update on the grand jury for the Emmett Till murder, previewing an upcoming witness who examined Till's body after it was found he was found brutally beaten in the Tallahatchie River.

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This newspaper article advocates for the election of Lawyer G. Edward Dickerson as representative of the Second Senatorial District of Philadelphia. It lists the many times he has stood up for African-American citizens, including how he defended…
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