Philadelphia Division 121 Thomas W. Harvey Memorial

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The Philadelphia division is named after Thomas Watson Harvey (November 27, 1893 – June 27, 1978). He was President-General of the UNIA-ACL from 1956 to 1978. He was re-elected every four years until his death. He joined the Association in 1919 and became very active, rising from ordinary membership to the successive positions of lieutenant of the African Legions, Commissioner of the State of Newyork, Commissioner of the State of Ohio, and High Chancellor of the Parent Body! One of the highpoints of Harvey’s career was the creation and founding of the African Project in 1966 under the leadership of the late Reverend Clarence Harding, Jr. The project was located in Monrovia, Liberia and included a fully accredited school under the Garvey Memorial Foundation, headed by the minister of education.