Civil Rights in a Northern City: Philadelphia is a collection of digitized archival resources detailing the history of the modern civil rights movement in Philadelphia.  Through a compelling range of photographs, newspapers, manuscripts, film footage, and oral histories, Civil Rights in a Northern City: Philadelphia seeks to highlight the key people, places, and events that made Philadelphia an important part of the national struggle for racial equality and social change. Temple University Libraries sponsors Civil Rights in a Northern City: Philadelphia and the text and materials presented here are primarily drawn from the holdings of its special collections.

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Why Philadelphia?

The meaning and legacy of Philadelphia’s role in the national campaign for civil rights.

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Desegregation of Girard College

The history of the 15-year struggle to integregate Girard College (1954-1968).

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Columbia Avenue Riots

North Philadelphia erupts in 3 days of racial conflict (1964).

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Search/Browse All Collections

Primary sources and related materials from Temple University Libraries' Special Collections.