On Tuesday, September 26, The City of Philadelphia invited the public and a cavalcade of local dignitaries to witness the dedication of the first statue honoring a sole African American historical figure, Octavius Valentine Catto. At just 32 years of age, Catto was struck down by a racist’s bullet as he roused Black men of Philadelphia to exercise their newly-earned voting rights under the Fifteenth Amendment. These, and many other notable acts of activism and accomplishment, are reflected in the comments of those who took the podium during the ceremony. See it through our lens here. Running time is approximately 49 minutes.

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