09/18/2007 - Their deep roots extend from Africa to the American South. And in a lot at 11th and York Streets in North Philadelphia, their many colorful branches are raising memories of 12 of the city's bygone leaders and artists.
In a green lot named Baobab Park, an art exhibit features 12 sculptures known as bottle trees, each paying homage to community leaders and artists from Philadelphia.
The honorees in the free exhibit, which opened Saturday and runs through October, are State Rep. David P. Richardson Jr.; civil rights activists Cecil B. Moore and the Rev. Leon Sullivan; singers Tammi Terrell and Brenda Payton of Brenda and the Tabulations; singer/songwriters Gene McFadden and John Whitehead; abolitionists Lucretia Mott and Robert Purvis; dancer and artist Arthur Hall; artist James "Big Man" Maxon; and community activist Elner Dawkins.
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