PHILADELPHIA (CBS) –– Philadelphia subsequent month erects its first statue honoring an African-American. Metropolis social research academics are studying concerning the man being memorialized, civil rights activist Octavius Catto.
At a time when there’s a nationwide debate about taking monuments down, Philadelphia is placing one up, honoring voting rights activist Octavius Catto. At a daylong session on the Nationwide Structure Middle on Thursday, 70 Philadelphia academics have been studying about how Catto was killed by a white mob on election day 1871, says Faculty District curriculum specialist Yaasiyn Muhammad.
“The monuments turn out to be an academic piece when there’s an academic program constructed round it. And that’s what we’re making an attempt to do with this Octavius Catto monument,” stated Muhammad.
Kensington CAPA historical past instructor Ismael Jiminez says, “I attempt to incorporate it inside the bigger story within the context of Philadelphia historical past and particularly the African-American expertise.”
Mayor Kenney, welcoming the academics, says the Catto story is one all ought to know.
“I feel our youngsters, not solely the African-American youngsters or Latino youngsters, youngsters of shade have to know these tales. I feel the white youngsters have to know these tales,” stated Kenney.
The academics got educational supplies together with a replica of a Catto biography, and a film on his life by Historical past Making Productions, the documentary agency run by former Philadelphia mayoral candidate Sam Katz.
The Catto statue is being devoted Sept. 26 on the South Metropolis Corridor apron.