The George Raymond Papers were donated to the Widener University Archives by the George Raymond Family. George Raymond was President of the Chester Branch of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) for nearly 25 years, from the 1940s to the 1960s.
This box includes a scrapbook created by Raymond that chronicles the Chester Civil Rights movement primarily during the 1960s through newspaper clippings, announcements, booklets and other materials. It includes pictures of Emmett Till's mother visiting Chester. It also includes a picture taken at the House Blessing of the Raymond's newly rebuilt home in Rutledge, PA taken on Palm Sunday, 1960. (Raymond is third from the left. At the far right are Earle Edwards and Phillip Mayor from the Friends Suburban Housing organization that helped the Raymond's purchase this home.) This house was burned to the ground the night before the Raymonds were to move in, and the House Blessing in 1960 occurred after the home had been rebuilt and the Raymond family was to moving in to their newly rebuilt home. The Raymonds were among the first African Americans to live in previously all white suburbs in Delaware County, PA.
This box includes the presentation for the George Raymond Papers Reception.