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Boundaries: Fourth Street to the Delaware River, Snyder to Washington avenues

Population: 26,300 (combined with the populations of Southwark, Whitman and Queen Village in the 2000 Census)

Demographics: White, 70 percent; black, 17 percent; Asian, 8 percent; Latino, 5 percent. About 40 percent of the population is under 18.

Origin of name: According to residents, the name "Pennsport" was coined roughly 30 years ago. It came at a time when the federal government was spending money on urban renewal. As boundary lines were drawn, the city named certain communities.

Brief history: Originally developed during the colonial period, Pennsport is architecturally rich. Considered one of the oldest sections of South Philadelphia, the neighborhood has properties with great historical significance. Some homes date back to 1815.

Unbeknownst to many, the newly revitalized Jefferson Square Park, Third and Federal streets, is also an historic landmark. While President Lincoln was more than 100 miles away reciting the famous Gettysburg Address, his wife Mary was giving the very same speech to soldiers camped at this site.

The neighborhood later became the city's manufacturing sector. Since then, the same families have been living there for generations.

The first official Mummers Parade in 1901 brought something unique to the community. String bands joined the gussied-up marchers a year later.

A century later, Mummer mania still grips the area. The main New Year's Parade returned to South Broad Street last year, but the annual "Two Street" march never left.

Famous residents: Former Republican state Rep. Connie McHugh, an outspoken and beloved community activist, who died in 1997 at age 58; Quaker City Captain Bob Shannon

Major landmarks: The Mummers Museum, 1100 S. Second St.; Jefferson Square Park, Third and Federal streets; the former Mt. Sinai Hospital, Fourth and Reed

Architecture: While the "styles have changed as periods have changed," the dominant fa´┐Żade in the neighborhood is red brick. Colonial and Federal-style homes can be found on certain streets. Formstone finishes, popular in the 1950s and '60s, also remain on many properties.

Median home sale price: $178,000

State Senate district: First, Vincent Fumo (D)

State House district: 184th, William Keller (D)

City Council district: First, Frank DiCicco (D)

Ward: First and 39th

Police district: Fourth

Civic groups and townwatches: Pennsport Civic Association, Pennsport/Whitman Town Watch

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1. susanmack said... on Oct 7, 2013 at 12:43PM

“Our state senator isn't Vince Fumo anymore; it's Larry Farnese, and our city council member is not Frank DicCicco but Mark Squilla.
And while we're on the subject of the Pennsport neighborhood...I'd like to bring to your attention the Pier 53 Project. The immigration pier that extends from the Washington Avenue Green Park at Columbus Blvd. and Washington Avenue was the port of entry for about a million immigrants. The project's aim is to identify immigrants and their descendants who still live in the neighborhood and capture their stories. Check out the website www.washingtonavenuegreen.com, and click on the rightmost tab "Pier 53 Project'.
As for your original question..can't help you I'm afraid.

Susan McAninley”

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