In 1987 Jefferson M. Moak documented a lot of Germantown Avenue.5 The Colonial Germantown Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1966, was applying for a boundary increase in 1987, which was granted.
The district’s two parts contain 579 properties, of which 514 are considered contributing, and only 65 non-contributing.
The Sun Building is on the border of the original expansion – The Colonial Germantown Historic District used to end on the 6600 block, meaning the Sun Building was a property in a district listed in the National Register of Historic Places since 1966.
Looking South East down Germantown Avenue in 1987. The Sun building can be seen shuttered on the left.
Photo by Jefferson M. Moak5
J. Whyatt Mondesire founded the Philadelphia Sunday Sun in 1991. In 1996 Mondesire was elected to be the head of the NAACP’s Philadelphia branch. In 2000, the city sold this property to Mondesire for $1.00.6
A true civil rights leader, under his tenure the membership of the Philadelphia NAACP increased significantly. The Philadelphia Sunday Sun is still an active news organization online.
When the Philadelphia Sunday Sun was in the building, it sported a blue door, as well as a new glass block windows. Seen here in 2008, the now-demolished buildings to right can still be seen.
Photo from Google Streetview3
“The Sun Building on Germantown Avenue in Mt. Airy is over 100 years old. In recent memory it was home to the Philadelphia Sunday Sun, a newspaper spotlighting the local Black community. Although the Sunday Sun is not affiliated with our project, we believe the Sun Building represents an irreplaceable piece of Black history in Mt. Airy.”
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- Boyd’s Co-partnership and Residence Business Directory of Philadelphia City. United States, Boyd’s Directory Office., 1900.
- City of Philadelphia. “Phillyhistory – Detail View C-13826 – Sidewalk – 6661-63 Germantown Avenue”. Phillyhistory.Org, 2021, https://www.phillyhistory.org/PhotoArchive/Detail.aspx?assetId=96563. Accessed 5 Mar 2021.
- Google, “Streetview,” digital images, Google Maps (http://maps.google.com), photograph of 6657 Germantown Avenue, Germantown, Pennsylvania, taken 2008.
- “MALCOLM FORD Obituary (2014) – Philadelphia, PA – Newsday”. Legacy.Com, 2021, https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/newsday/name/malcolm-ford-obituary?pid=172982612. Accessed 6 Mar 2021.
- Moak, Jefferson. Gis.Penndot.Gov, 1987, https://gis.penndot.gov/CRGISAttachments/SiteResource/H001384_1365_B.pdf. Accessed 7 Mar 2021.
- “Property | Phila.Gov”. Phila.Gov, 2021, https://property-beta.phila.gov/#/?address=6661-63%20GERMANTOWN%20AVE. Accessed 7 Mar 2021.
- The Market Place: A Directory of Minority Business & Services of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. United States, Pennsylvania Department of Commerce, 1974.