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Charles Baltimore photographs of Mayor Goode campaign


Held at: African American Museum in Philadelphia [Contact Us]701 Arch St., Philadelphia, PA, 19106

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W. (Woodrow) Wilson Goode was Philadelphia's first African American mayor. He was born in North Carolina in 1938, where his parents were tenant farmers, although his family moved north to Philadelphia in 1954. Goode earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Morgan State University and a master's degree in governmental administration from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business.

Goode's political career began in 1969 with his appointment as executive director to the Philadelphia Council for Community Advancement, an organization dedicated to revitalizing neighborhoods and creating affordable housing. Goode briefly served as head of the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission and managing director of Philadelphia under Mayor Bill Green. He was elected Mayor of Philadelphia in 1983, the first African American to hold that position. His popularity wavered in the wake of the MOVE bombing of 1985, when Philadelphia police targeted a fortified household occupied by the MOVE organization. Eleven people died and over sixty homes were destroyed in the incident, which made international headlines. Still, Goode was re-elected for a second term.

After Goode left the office of mayor in 1992, he remained active in the Philadelphia community.

Charles Baltimore is an educator, community organizer, and youth program manager based in the Philadelphia area. From 1980 to 1994, he worked as a freelance photographer with clients including President Ronald Reagan, Christian Dior Swimwear, and Philadelphia Mayor Wilson Goode.


Lisowski, Joshua. "African American Migration: Wilson Goode." The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia. October 21, 2013. Accessed December 20, 2013.

The collection consists of photographic prints, negatives, and contact pages from the 1987 Philadelphia mayoral re-election campaign of Wilson Goode. Most of the photographs are black and white, but some are in color.

Summary descriptive information on this collection was compiled in 2012-2014 as part of a project conducted by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania to make better known and more accessible the largely hidden collections of small, primarily volunteer run repositories in the Philadelphia area. The Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories (HCI-PSAR) was funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

This is a preliminary finding aid. No physical processing, rehousing, reorganizing, or folder listing was accomplished during the HCI-PSAR project.

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Finding aid prepared by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Sarah Leu through the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories
This preliminary finding aid was created as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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