Item No: pdcf00077
Title: Cecil B. Moore/Columbia Avenue Branch
Additional Title: Graffiti-marred facade of the Columbia Avenue Branch, ca. early 1980s
Historic Street Address:
2320 Cecil B. Moore Avenue
Print and Picture Collection
This exterior view shows the graffiti-marred facade of the Columbia Avenue Branch, before a "face-lift," sometime in the 1980s. (In 1962, this branch replaced the Wagner Institute Branch (which still exists at 17th & Montgomery as a science and natural history museum).
Originally called the Columbia Avenue Branch, both the avenue and the library were renamed in 1987, in honor of Cecil Bassett Moore. He was a lawyer, a civil rights activist who led the fight to integrate Girard College, president of the local NAACP, and a member of Philadelphia's City Council.
This branch serves North Central Philadelphia, Strawberry Mansion, Brewerytown, Sharswood, and the Johnson Homes.