A Community in Transition

Producer of the Work / Filmmaker: 

Friends Neighborhood Guild with Scribe Video Center

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9 min 39 seconds

This video is available for purchase as part of a Precious Places Community History Project Vol.2 compilation DVD.

In 1949, interracial cooperative living was a radical idea in Philadelphia. The Friends Housing Cooperative transformed this concept into practice. Founded by the Friends Neighborhood Guild and the American Friends Service Committee—both Quaker organizations—to provide low-income collective housing for black and white families years before the organized Civil Rights Movement came to prominence, the Friends Housing Cooperative was a community of people who lived their ideals.

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