Octavius Catto

Octavius Catto was an Black educator, civil rights activist, and intellectual during the Reconstruction Era.


Oral History Archive




A member of a class of traveling poets, musicians, and storytellers who maintain a tradition of oral history in parts of West Africa.

Oral tradition is a well-established feature of African Diasporic cultures. Our Oral History Archive centers the voices and preserves the memories of Black Philadelphians. Here you will find a collection of stories integrating audio and video recording from individuals and groups concerning everyday life and historical events.