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By Amy Hopf, Digital Content Associate

Do you know the history of how your local playground or park was named?

African-American leaders have achieved countless great feats in Philadelphia and beyond. As a result, many Philadelphia parks, recreation centers, and playgrounds are named to honor their lives.

The honorees include:

  • A world-famous singer
  • Accomplished architects
  • Barrier-breaking politicians
  • Religious, cultural, and civic leaders
  • Fallen sports stars
  • Neighborhood activists.

This Black History Month, we invite you to learn about the accomplishments of these men and women, and the impact they made on their neighborhoods, the city, the country, and the world.

Learn more about the people behind the names of some of our parks, playgrounds, and recreation centers.