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The Wissahickon Boys Club opened in 1896 as the first Club in the country to serve African American kids. As one of the original 53 Clubs to join the Federated Boys Club in 1906, the Wissahickon Club remained one of only two African American Clubs in the nation well into the 1920’s.

In 1913, the Wissahickon Club came under the direction of William T. Coleman, the first African American Superintendent in the Boys Club movement. From 1913 through the late 1920’s Mr. Coleman greatly expanded the membership and prestige of the Wissahickon Club while advocating for the importance of the Boys Club movement serving African American Communities.
Throughout his Boys Club career, Mr. Coleman was responsible for opening over 10 new Clubs for African American youth nation-wide including several in Philadelphia.

William Coleman’s son, William Coleman Jr., who grew up in the Club, was one of the authors of the Brown Vs. Board of Education case for the @naacp. #greatfutures #blackhistorymonth

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