Pearl Theater, Ridge Avenue and north 21st Street, Philadelphia, PA., late 1940s.
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Image of the exterior of the theater with a large group of adults and children standing in front.

Credit: John Mosley Collection, Courtesy Charles L. Blockson Afro American Collection, Temple University.

In the early 1900s, the Pearl Theater, located at Ridge Avenue and north 21st Street, was Philadelphia's "premiere colored theater." Here, black Philadelphians could see the best African-American musical and vaudeville performers from across the country.

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