Protesters gather to defend MOVE shrine denouncing 'W. Wilson Goode, Sr. Way'

Andrew Kramer
January 06, 2019 - 7:30 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- There's been controversy in West Philadelphia since September, after a street block was named after the city's first black mayor.

A shrine was created, about a month later, in opposition that now sits next to the street sign.

Protestors were out defending that shrine this weekend after learning a neighbor wanted it moved.

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Maisha Sullivan helped organize this protest along the part of North 59th Street, that's known as "W. Wilson Goode, Sr. Way"

"We don't want the shrine removed, we want mediation, because we don't want to it turn into another community incident like MOVE, turned into,” she said. “It was a community disagreement that got blown out of proportion."

Sullivan’s talking about the MOVE bombing in the 80's, and protestors like Jennifer Bennetch hold Mayor Goode responsible for that incident that resulted in nearly a dozen deaths and many homes destroyed

“I think the shrine is important because when people come past here they should know what happened, the history this man has on the city besides that he's a mayor," she said.

We did knock on the neighbor’s door who wants the shrine removed, there was no answer. Protestors say they'd be open to moving the shrine only if the street name is changed.