Tuesday, March 15, 2011

A New Memorial For City Hall

As a fitting companion to this year's 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the City of Philadelphia has pledged $500,000 over the next two years for a monument to under-appreciated African American activist Octavius V. Catto (1839-1871).

Catto was murdered for his political activism during the election of 1871, just one year after Pennsylvania ratified the 15th Amendment guaranteeing black men the right to vote. You can read more about Catto's life and legacy here and here.

The new monument is planned for the southwest corner of City Hall's Dilworth Plaza, which is currently getting a facelift.

The O. V. Catto Memorial Fund still needs to raise additional funds before the monument can become a reality, but in the meantime, you can learn more about the city's gift here and here.