Item No: pdcf00078
Title: Cecil B. Moore/Columbia Avenue Branch
Additional Title: Columbia Avenue Branch, after a "face-lift" of the front of the building, ca. 1980s
Historic Street Address:
2320 Cecil B. Moore Avenue
Print and Picture Collection
This is an exterior view of the improved front of the Columbia Avenue Branch, sometime in the 1980s. Graffiti was removed and areas repainted on the facade, and trees were replanted on the front patio. (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.