Friday, May 3, 2019 – 4pm

WALK LEADER: Ken Finkel, Temple University History Department
MEETING PLACE: Meet at 20th and Federal Streets, across from the police/fire station.
Free. All are welcome. Rain or shine.

South Philadelphia erupted in riots after Adella Bond moved into 2936 Ellsworth Street in late July, 1918. Historians know relatively little about the racially-motivated violence that followed. Four died. Scores were injured in what newspapers described as a growing “series of street battles” lasting three days. “Mobs engaged in gun fire on nearly every other corner of a section bounded by Washington Avenue, Dickinson Street, 23rd and 30th Streets.”

How did these events play out on the streets of the Grays Ferry and the Point Breeze neighborhoods? We will reconstruct part of the story and demonstrate, once again, that history is better when it connects with place.

Walk Notes:

  • Walk is expected to cover 2 miles
  • Approximate duration: 2 hours
  • Dogs welcome
  • Bicycles welcome

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