File #: 210531    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 5/27/2021 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 6/10/2021
Title: Also naming Bainbridge Street, between 8th and 9th Streets, as "Henry L. Phillips Way".
Sponsors: Councilmember Squilla
Attachments: 1. Resolution No. 21053100.pdf, 2. Signature21053100.pdf
Also naming Bainbridge Street, between 8th and 9th Streets, as "Henry L. Phillips Way".

WHEREAS, Henry L. Phillips was born in Jamaica in 1847. He moved to New York City and was a lay reader at St. Philip's Church before enrolling in the Philadelphia Divinity School in 1872. Rev. Phillips was ordained to the priesthood in the Episcopal Church in 1875 and briefly had charge of St. Thomas Church near 5th and Walnut Streets before becoming the Rector of the Church of the Crucifixion that he transformed into a black cultural center that was known for its social outreach; and

WHEREAS, The same year that he had charge of St. Thomas Fr. Phillips married Sarah "Sallie" Elizabeth Cole the daughter of an old distinguished St. Thomas family. Supposedly, Rev. Phillips first spied Sallie as she sang in the St. Thomas' choir. Sallie Phillips was known as a "church worker in the largest sense." She was "beloved of the old and helpless, efficient in details and rummage sales, foremost in guilds and classes, and the genius of the embroidery class." It was said that "As wife, mother, church worker and friend Sarah Elizabeth Phillips belonged to the elect"; and

WHEREAS, Fr. Phillips recalled that "he began his first service at [St. Thomas] promptly at 10.30 am, only to be told by the organist afterwards that he should have waited until she played a voluntary when there were enough people in the congregation for the service to start." Fr. Phillips said that "his ... training could not accept such a practice and the congregation happily accepted services that started on time thereafter"; and

WHEREAS, After leaving St. Thomas, Fr. Phillips became the rector of the Church of the Crucifixion where he organized a Coal Club, a Free Ice Fund, a Home for the Homeless, and a Penitentiary Service that reached out to Moyamensing Jail and Eastern State Penitentiary; and

WHEREAS, In 1903, Dr. Du Bois was at Atlanta University and had just completed his influential report on t...

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