Item No: pdcf00259
Title: Lillian Marrero/Lehigh Avenue Branch
Additional Title: Commissioned mural for the Lehigh Avenue Branch, ca. 1969
Historic Street Address:
601 W. Lehigh Avenue
Print and Picture Collection
The Lehigh Avenue Branch, the third Free Library branch that was built with funds from Andrew Carnegie, opened on November 20, 1906. The branch was saved from a planned relocation in the mid-1960s, and was instead rehabilitated in 1967. The mural in this 1969 photograph, titled "As they flew low over me," is by artist Samuel Maitin, who credits the text to Hiram Haydn. It was installed in the main lobby as part of the 1% For Art program.
In 2005, the branch was renamed the Lillian Marrero Branch, in memory of Lillian E. Marrero-Rios, a librarian at this branch for many years. She ran a food bank in the library’s basement, which is still in operation.
The branch serves the communities of Central North Philadelphia, Fairhill, St. Edwards/Hartranft, and West Kensington.