Historical Maps Related to the William Still Collection

Map with Historical Markers

This 1901 map, contemporary to William and Caroline Still's time, has been overlaid with markers showing the former locations of prominent Philadelphia African-Americans and African-American institutions related to the life and times of William Still and Caroline Still Wiley Anderson.  The Seventh Ward of Philadelphia contained the largest population of African-Americans in the city at that time, and was the subject of sociological studies by W.E.B. Du Bois.

Bromley 1901 Map with African-American historical markers

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Original Unmarked Map:

Bromley 1901 Atlas Map of Philadelphia - Unmarked

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W.E.B. Du Bois Map of the Seventh Ward of Philadelphia

W.E.B. Du Bois conducted his pioneering sociological study, The Philadelphia Negro (1899), in the Seventh Ward, which was bounded by Spruce Street on the north, South Street on the south, Sixth Street on the east, and Twenty-Third Street on the west. At that time, the Seventh Ward contained the largest population of Blacks in the city of Philadelphia. This map was published as part of the study.

W.E.B. DuBois 1899 Map of the Seventh Ward of Philadelphia

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Citing these maps

Map of Wards 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 in the City of Philadelphia - 1901

From:  Bromley, George Washington. Atlas of the city of Philadelphia, complete in one volume. Philadelphia: G.W. Bromley and Co., 1901.

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Map of the Seventh Ward of Philadelphia - 1899

From: Du Bois, W.E.B. Series in political economy and public law. The Philadelphia Negro; a social study by W.E. Burghardt Du Bois. Together with a special report on domestic service by Isabel Eaton. Vol. 14. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania, 1899.


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