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Edgar Campbell, pioneer in political power for African Americans in Philadelphia, sits at his desk

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One of the largest African-American organizations in Philadelphia, the O.V. Catto Elks Lodge swelled from 600 members in 1921 to over 3,000 by 1926. That year, the wealthy Forrest White Woodard, who ran an illegal “numbers” gambling operation, gave…

3 Negroes Shot...,Phila. Inquirer (Vol177, Iss28, Pg1, 28 July 1917).pdf
An article from the Philadelphia Inquirer about the Chester Race Riots. The article mentions the shootings of 3 African-Americans and a warning from Philadelphia police of reports that African-Americans from that city were intending to come to…

Seven phantom voters register to vote at this shack on September 12, 1933 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The first unit of female railroad workers near Downingtown, PA.

An African-American railroad worker handles freight at the Pennsylvania Railroad Yards in 1938.

Charles Brimley, president of Baldwin Locomotive Works, speaking to workers at a flag dedication.

W.L. Bright serving patrons aboard the Pennsylvania Railroad, 1944.

An image of four African-American women working on a railroad in 1942.

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Newspaper article discussing plans for a protest meeting after police brutality.

From the Philadelphia Tribune, this clipping depicts the Brown & Stevens Bank on Broad Street. This bank was the second African-American owned bank in Philadelphia. The owners--E.C. Brown and Andrew Stevens, Jr.--served as prominent leaders in…

The Philadelphia Tribune's photo supplement featuresCitizens' & Southern Banking Company, claiming it as the most "Progressive Financial Institution" and the "Finest Bank Building of the Race in the North." The pictorial features the president of…

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The obituary from the Philadelphia Tribune documents the major accomplishments of Mr. Isadore Martin. Mr. Martin founded Isadore Martin Inc., Realtor, which was a predominately African American realtor, and was carried on by his son, I. Maximilian…

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This photograph depicts Arthur Dingle, president of the 100 block of North Sickels Street Clean Block Club presenting payment for his lifetime membership to Mr. William A. Young, Jr., Chairman of the NAACP Life Membership Committee.

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This newspaper article describes two separate cases in which Horn and Hardart's restaurant denied African American women service at their Philadelphia location. The general manager, Mr. Kane, placed the blame on the waitresses citing that their…

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This newpaper articles discusses General John J. Pershing's defense of African American soldiers' service during WWI. General Pershing opines under similar circumstances in battle, decisions and actions of soldiers are the same regardless of their…

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This newspaper article discusses the launch of the S.S. Marine Raven, the second vessel built by an all African American crew, at Sun Shipyard in Chester, Pennsylvania. This ship was built 30 days after the launch of the S.S. Marine Eagle, the first…

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The article explains the reception held for Dr. Wm. A. Harrod after serving as pastor for a year. The article states that the Pastor has done a fa nominal job with his sermons and sets the standards for those at the First African Baptist Church.

First African Baptist.pdf
The article describes the N.A.A.C.P.'s efforts to recruit support for its causes and receive donations for the First African Baptist Church as well as other citizens and families of Philadelphia.

Ernest Daddy Wright.pdf
The article recounts how a speeding car hit Ernest "Daddy" Wright's car at 4 in the morning, detailing injuries. Officials filed no criminal charges due to the perpetrator's intent to pay for medical attention of those injured.
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