Southern Family Arriving in the North

The Great Migration left a lasting impact on West Philadelphia that can still felt and seen in residential patterns and community relationships today

Southern African Americans migrated to West Philadelphia for increased economic opportunity and the potential of homeownership.

Fay's Theater Sign

Fay’s Theatre, a small West Philadelphia entertainment venue, reflected the creation and transformation of community spaces during the Great Migration.

Knickerbocker Theatre Newspaper Advertisement

The Knickerbocker Theatre, predecessor to Fay’s Theatre, debuted in 1914, offering performances catering to the local community.