Evelyn Gray

22nd and Cecil B. Moore -- the place where the Columbia Avenue riot began 50 years ago. (Credit: Cherri Gregg)

50 Years Ago, False Rumor Ignites Chaos, Destruction In North Philly

Thursday marks the 50th anniversary of the Columbia Avenue riots.


(Evelyn Gray fumes after finding out her local Social Security office in North Philadelphia has been shut down.  Photo by Cherri Gregg)

Shutdown of Local Social Security Office Dismays North Philadelphia Residents

Since October, the Social Security Administration has closed three of its offices in the Philadelphia region: Jenkintown, Woodland Avenue, and, as of last week, the office at 15th and Cecil B. Moore Avenue.