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File #: 170908    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 10/19/2017 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 10/26/2017
Title: Also naming 1300 S. 46th Street "Ruby Knight Way" in honor of the Woodland Avenue Community Historian and a beloved resident of the Woodland Avenue Community.
Sponsors: Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember Taubenberger, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember O'Neill, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Johnson
Attachments: 1. Resolution No. 17090800.pdf, 2. Signature17090800.pdf
Title
Also naming 1300 S. 46th Street "Ruby Knight Way" in honor of the Woodland Avenue Community Historian and a beloved resident of the Woodland Avenue Community.

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WHEREAS, Ruby Knight was a lifelong resident of the Woodland Avenue Community, she died October 16, 2015 after a brief illness at the age of 89; and

WHEREAS, Ruby Knight was born in Irwinton, GA and moved to Philadelphia as an infant with her parents, Dennis and Leola Knight. The family settled into a house on St. Marks Street near 42nd Street & Woodland Ave. Ruby was educated in Philadelphia Public Schools and graduated from Bartram High School; and

WHEREAS, Ruby was widowed at an early age and began a 30-year career at the Veteran's Administration (VA) to support her young children Frank, Martin and Colette. Ruby was highly knowledgeable and depended upon in her office. Even after her retirement she would receive calls requesting her expertise and knowledge of the procedures; and

WHEREAS, Several years after her retirement from the VA, Ruby returned to the workforce as a Teacher's Assistant for the Philadelphia School Board. Her duties involved caring for the infants of teen mothers after they returned to school. She took great pride in being an encouragement to the young mothers; and

WHEREAS, Ruby was a member of Mount Zion Baptist Church, located on 50th Street and Woodland Avenue for 74 years and was very active in church functions and clubs. She enjoyed the events surrounding the church's recent 100th Church Anniversary; and

WHEREAS, Ruby's window to the world was her front porch. She lived across the street from the neighborhood school, where she had attended 80 years previously. She enjoyed interacting with the children on their way to/from school. She seemed to know all the children, their siblings and parents and where they lived. Ruby's knowledge of the Woodland Avenue Community and its rich history was indisputable. She prided herself in the accura...

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