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Octavius Valentine Catto (February 22, 1839 – October 10, 1871) was an American educator, intellectual, and civil rights activist in Philadelphia. He became principal of male students at the Institute for Colored Youth, where he had also been educated.
Octavius V. Catto was born in Charleston, S.C. on February 22, 1839. His father was a Presbyterian minister who brought his family to Philadelphia when Octavius was still a child.
Octavius Valentine Catto was a prominent Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, activist, scholar, athlete, and military officer in the National Guard during the Civil War. Catto was born in Charleston, South Carolina, on February 22, 1839.
As Daniel Biddle and Murray Dubin wrote in their book, “Tasting Freedom: Octavius Catto and the Battle for Equality in Civil War America,”Catto was “an …
Among them was Octavius Catto, a Renaissance man who pioneered black education, integrated Philadelphia’s streetcars and the U.S. military, led the city’s civic and intellectual life, and promoted black voting rights — for which he died as a martyr.
Octavius Catto, An American Character February 21, 2012 by Not many people have heard of Octavius V. Catto (1839-1871), a professor from Philadelphia who was instrumental in securing early civil liberties for his fellow blacks in the city of brotherly love and across the nation.
A tumultuous, racially polarized Election Day in Philadelphia set the stage for the October 10, 1871, murder and martyrdom of Octavius V. Catto (b. 1839), an African American leader who struggled against segregation and discrimination in transportation, sports, politics, and society.
The story of Octavius Catto is one you’ve heard before -- even if you haven’t. Octavius Valentine Catto was born in South Carolina to free parents in 1839. His father William had purchased his own freedom and become a minister, and the family had plans to sail from Baltimore for Liberia when Octavius was a little boy.
Octavius V. Catto is one of these leaders…one who made a mark both locally and nationally. A learned man, Catto’s insistence on equality for all men has been categorized as “fanatical”. He was linked to virtually every important black movement and the inner circle of …
Mayor Jim Kenney proposed an important new anti-poverty initiative designed to put more Philadelphians on the path to success at Community College of Philadelphia. The program, named the Octavius Catto Scholarship, aims to make the transformative power of education available to students by providing funding and additional supports.
The Octavius Catto Scholarship Mayor Jim Kenney proposed an important new anti-poverty initiative designed to put more Philadelphians on the path to success at Community College of Philadelphia. OV Catto Lodge #20
Octavius Catto was a catalyst for unity. His efforts for equal rights and educational equality ceaselessly focused on integrating blacks into American society in …
13 Things You Might Not Know About Octavius Catto As the design for his memorial is unveiled, a look back at the life of a remarkable citizen of Philadelphia. By Sandy Hingston · 6/10/2016, 3:23 p.m.
Name was Octavius Valentine Catto. Born a free black man on Feb. 22, 1839, in Charleston, S.C. Taught at the Institute of Colored Youth (precursor of Cheyney University), and later rose to principal. Captained the Pythians, a professional baseball team.
Octavius Catto: A Timeline Like every person, O.V. Catto was shaped by his environment and people around him. The timeline here places Catto within the context of his life-shaping environments and events leading up to the birth of Martin Luther King. This extends the story out to the American Civil Rights story into the early 20th century.
During the Civil War, Professor Catto was commissioned a major in the First Division of the state's National Guard, helping raise 11 Black regiments for the Union. Because of his efforts, Pennsylvania passed the 15th Amendment in 1869, guaranteeing voting rights for black males. In 1866, after black men were rejected from …
The first full-length biography of Catto, Tasting Freedom: Octavius Catto and the Battle for Equality in Civil War America, was published …
(February 22, 1839 – October 10, 1871) Octavius Catto was the greatest civil rights leader in post-Civil War Philly. A statue honoring Catto on the southwest apron of City Hall was unveiled by Mayor Jim Kenney in the spring of 2017. It is Philadelphia’s first public statue honoring a …
Octavius Valentine Catto was an orator who shared stages with Frederick Douglass, a second baseman on Philadelphia s best black baseball team, a teacher at the city s finest black school and an activist who fought in the state capital and on the streets for equal rights.
Octavius Valentine Catto (1839 – 1871) was one of the most influential African American leaders in Philadelphia during the 19th century. Inspired by the Civil War, Catto became an adamant activist for the abolition of slavery and establishment of equal rights for all men, regardless of race.
*Octavius Catto was born on this date in 1839. He was a Black educator, Baseball player, author and abolitionist. Octavius Valentine Catto was born free in Charleston, South Carolina. His mother, Sarah Isabella Cain was free and member of the city’s prominent mixed-race DeReef family, which had been free for decades and belonged to the Brown Fellowship Society as a mark […]
A 12-foot bronze statue of a single African American man stands just south of Philadelphia’s City Hall; the first of its kind in the city’s history. Erected in 2017, it was commissioned as a memorial to Octavius Valentine Catto -- a civil rights activist, educator, abolitionist and baseball pioneer. Born
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The Octavius Catto Scholarship is an economic recovery strategy that. Mayor Jim Kenney proposed an important new anti-poverty initiative designed to put more Philadelphians on the path to success at Community College of Philadelphia. Community College of Philadelphia
"A Quest for Parity: The Octavius V. Catto Memorial" was uvneiled on the southwest corner of Philadelphia City Hall in 2017. Catto was a scholar, educator, Civil …
Octavius Catto. When we think of African American baseball we usually focus on the 20th-century Negro leagues or on Jackie Robinson’s integration of major league baseball. But black baseball has roots that go back to the end of the Civil War. In 1866 two Philadelphia ball clubs took the field, the Excelsior and a ball club affiliated with the ...
Octavius Catto was an educator and civil rights activist from Philadelphia, who was a free Black man during the Civil War. He fought for the Union Army as part of one of Pennsylvania’s first volunteer regiments. Catto died on Election Day in 1871, after being shot by a white man attempting to intimidate Black voters at the polls.
The name Octavius Catto elicits puzzled stares from some, blank looks from others. An old Roman general? The designer of the new “it” pair of jeans? A(nother) small-plates restaurant in Center City? Very few would know that Octavius Catto was, in his day, as known for his civil rights activism as was Frederick Douglass.
The death of Octavius Catto would generate sympathy and acceptance of the voting rights of blacks, and moved the black community solidly behind the rising Republican Party. Later, Catto would be honored by the city by having a public school named for him. A number of fraternal and civic organizations would also name themselves 'Catto'.
Octavius V. Catto (1839-1871) Octavius Valentine Catto was born on February 22, 1839 in Charleston, South Carolina to the Presbyterian Reverend William T. Catto and Sarah Isabella Cain. Catto was born free, since his family was wealthy and prestigious.
Civil Rights Leader Octavius Catto Subject Of New Philly ExhibitThe life and legacy of Octavius Catto is the subject of a brand new exhibit here in Philadelphia.
Octavius Catto was an activist, agitating for civil rights. He was an abolitionist, fighting for the emancipation of enslaved people in the South. He was a community leader, active in his church and in civic organizations. He was a friend, his circle of peers among Philadelphia’s black elite.
Octavius Catto and the Pythians made inroads as the first prominent and successful African-American baseball club in Philadelphia. In the year immediately following the Civil War’s conclusion, big changes were occurring across American society.
In the fall of 2017 Philadelphia unveiled a statue of Octavius Catto in front of City Hall. Catto was a 19th Century African-American freedom fighter known for his work as an abolitionist, educator, pioneering baseball player, and civil and voting rights advocate. Uri Caine’s The Passion of Octavius Catto, written for orchestra, choral ...
This story was finally told in 2010, when Tasting Freedom: Octavius Catto and the Battle for Equality in Civil War America, by former Inquirer reporters and editors Daniel R. Biddle and Murray Dubin, was published by Temple University Press.
Octavius Catto After the war, Catto fought to desegregate Philadelphia's horse-drawn streetcars. He also founded and served as captain of a Negro League baseball team …
Octavius Catto, whose statue graces the cover of the Philadelphia Official Visitors Guide, dedicated his life to breaking down barriers of social injustice.One of the most influential African American leaders in Philadelphia during the 19th century, he contributed to forever amending the United States Constitution with his work toward the ratification of the 13th, 14th …
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Members of the Poor People’s Campaign are calling for a revival of morality in Pennsylvania. They held a rally near the Octavius Catto statue at City Hill. The group is asking Pennsylvanians to unite to end poverty, the war economy, systemic racism, and environmental devastation.
The previously announced Octavius Catto Scholarship is the result of a partnership between the College and the City of Philadelphia, and will …
This ground-breaking memorial is in deliberate dialogue with its site, which is both the center of government and a major transportation hub. Comprised of various sculptural elements including a 10-foot bronze sculpture of Octavius V. Catto, the memorial celebrates the Civil-War-era educator’s efforts to ensure freedom of movement, desegregation and civic engagement, namely the right …
Octavius Catto Octavius Valentine Catto (February 22, 1839 – October 10, 1871) was a black educator, intellectual, and civil rights activist in Philadelphia. He became principal of male students at the Institute for Colored Youth, where he had also been educated.
In all, the assassination of Octavius Catto is a striking reminder of how dangerous it was in the 1860s-1870s to teach young black women and men to stand up for themselves and to fight for their rights--and how essential the Institute for Colored Youth was in teaching these important lessons. Images: 1. The Assassination of Octavius V. Catto
The previously announced Octavius Catto Scholarship is the result of a partnership between the College and the City of Philadelphia and will …
The Constitutional Walking Tour provides an overview of Historic Philadelphia. Sightseeing tour visits more than 20 sites including the Liberty Bell & Independence Hall.
Who is Octavius Catto and why is the Scholarship named after him? Octavius V. Catto was an abolitionist, activist, athlete, scholar, and educator during the early 19th century in Philadelphia and fought for the rights of Philadelphia’s …
Octavius Catto was born in South Carolina in 1839 to Sarah Cain and William Catto, a former slave who had managed to buy his freedom and become a Presbyterian minister. Catto brought his family north and settled in Philadelphia where he sent his son to the Institute for Colored Youth, which later became Cheney University.
In this Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, photo, workers install the statue of Octavius Valentine Catto at City Hall in Philadelphia. A century before the fight to end Jim Crow segregation laws, Catto was ...
When Mayor Jim Kenney, was a councilman-at-large 15 years ago, he heard the history of Octavius V. Catto. He became intrigued about the …
Octavius Catto, 1839 - 10 Oct 1871 Date c. 1871 Type Photograph Medium Albumen silver print Dimensions Image/Sheet: 8.8 × 5.8 cm (3 7/16 × 2 5/16") Mount: 10.2 × 6.2 cm (4 × 2 7/16") Credit Line National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution Restrictions & Rights Usage conditions apply Object number NPG.2006.8 Exhibition Label
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