Saturday, June 19th 2021
Talks offered at: 1:45, 2:45, 3:45 and 4:45 PM
Before entering Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, explore the history of 1016-18 South Street, a three-story brick firehouse that once housed Engine 11, home to Philadelphia’s first Black firefighters. This building, which stands next door to PMG, is currently a community center owned by the nearby Waters Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Church. It is also the location of one of Isaiah Zagar’s most iconic murals: Rose and the Firefighters.
Short guided talks will offer a look at Engine 11 and the central challenge facing the vibrant communities that called South Street home from the 1940s, when it was a jazz hotspot, to the late 1960s when Isaiah and Julia Zagar became part of the South Street Renaissance.
These free talks will take place in the Alder Street Alley (between 10th and 11th Streets) next to “Rose and the Firefighters” at 1:45 PM, 2:45 PM, 3:45 PM and 4:45 PM. No reservations are required and tickets to Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens are not necessary to participate.