The John Coltrane house–behind state historical marker–1511 N. 33rd Street, Philadelphia, PA, as it appeared in 2009.
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Row houses on a Philadelphia street. Coltrane's home has the historical marker directly in front of the home.

Credit: Courtesy of Tony Fischer, Carpe Diem Photography

Born in Hamlet, North Carolina and raised in nearby High Point, John Coltrane arrived in Philadelphia in 1943 as part of the second great wave of southern black migrants to Pennsylvania. Coltrane purchased this house in 1952 for his mother, aunt, and cousins, and lived there most of the time from 1952 to 1958. Coltrane wrote “Blue Trane” and many other tunes in this rowhouse.

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