Discovering Catto in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia's African American population during Catto's time was largely within the boundaries of the 7th Ward, bounded by Spruce Street on the north, South Street on the south, Sixth Street on the east, and Twenty-Third Street on the west.

7th Ward Map, courtesy of Temple University Libraries, Special Collections Research Center
Map details and connections to more about residence of the 7th Ward

First African Presbyterian Church
(Color drawing of the original church, Benjamin Evans print, 1884) Library of Congress.
L William Catto, OV Catto's father was minister in 1854.

The 7th Ward is where his father served as pastor at the First Presbyterian Church. It's the site of many important institutions he, his associates and friends frequented during his lifetime. Catto's last residence was in the 7th Ward, as was the street outside of the voter polling station, where he died.

St. Thomas African Episcopal Church in 1829
Library of Congress.

This section of the Catto Web Portal provides a deeper exploration of Catto's world and stories in Philadelphia's African American community and the struggle for civil rights. These are provided in: