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Octavius Catto

(Joan Myers Brown, left, and Trudy Haynes.  Photos provided by Philadelphia Freedom Festival)

Nine Trailblazing Philadelphia Women Being Honored at Catto Awards Luncheon

The list of honorees includes Joan Myers Brown of Philadanco and former CBS-3 reporter and host Trudy Haynes.

03/28/2014

(Robert Branch On Stage Playing Octavius Catto Credit: Karin Phillips)

Effort To Erect Catto Memorial Reaches Milestone

Thanks to funding from the city, the Abraham Lincoln Foundation of the Union League and other donors, the Octavius V. Catto Memorial Fund will soon announce a sculptor for a memorial paying homage to the civil rights pioneer.

01/18/2014

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Six-Month Philadelphia Festival Will Honor 19th-Century Freedom Pioneer

Octavius Catto was killed in South Philadelphia on the frontlines of the struggle for equality, fighting for voter rights on Election Day, 1871.

01/15/2014

Analysis: The Life Of Octavius Catto

It was 140 years ago when a Philadelphia man changed lives forever.

03/20/2011

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Memorial For Civil Rights Activist Gets Big Boost From City of Philadelphia

The City of Philadelphia is making a donation of a half-million dollars to support efforts to build a memorial statue to 19th Century civil rights activist Octavius V. Catto.

03/14/2011

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Councilman Still Working To Bring Catto Statue To City Hall

For almost ten years, Councilman at-large James Kenney has been working to get a statue placed at City Hall of 19th century civil rights activist, educator, soldier, and baseball player Octavius Catto.

03/03/2011

(Robert Branch On Stage Playing Octavius Catto Credit: Karin Phillips)

Robert Branch Portrays Octavius Catto For Historic Philadelphia Event

Historic Philadelphia has a new history maker on its books, thanks, in large part, to the zeal of the actor for the part.

02/27/2011

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A Little Known Advocate For Civil Rights

Tasting Freedom: Octavius Catto and the Battle for Equality in Civil War America is a compelling read, bringing to life the story of a 19th century black Philadelphian, who was killed at 32 advocating non-violent change.

02/16/2011