"Negro Quarters," in the City of Philadelphia, circa 1900.
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A street with row houses. Children and women sit on the steps or stand in the street

Credit: Courtesy of Temple University, Urban Archives, Octavia Hill Association photo.

When W. E. B. Du Bois conducted his research for The Philadelphia Negro in the 1890s, Philadelphia had the largest African American population north of the Mason Dixon Line. This photograph of "Negro Quarters" is probably from the Seventh Ward, south of Lombard Street and east of Broad, the focus heart of black Philadelphia and focus of Du Bois" study.

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