Celebrate Flag Day
Celebrate the birthday of Philadelphia's Civic Flag every March 27!
McCook The Reverend Doctor Henry C. McCook (1837-1911)

Back in 1894, Rev. Dr. Henry C. McCook wrote a letter to then mayor, Edwin S. Stuart, suggesting that Philadelphia adopt a civic flag as a means of promoting civic pride. "The display and constant use of a Philadelphia Civic Flag would act towards the strengthening of civic pride, precisely as similar use of the National Flag tends to foster a spirit of national loyalty."

McCook's efforts proved fruitful. On March 27, 1895, an official civic flag was ordained by city council, designed using drawings McCook included in his letter.

Philly Pride Gallery

1999 - Spring Garden Millenium Project

In 1999 students and staff from Benjamin Franklin High School and The Philly Pride Lady volunteered their time to help Spring Garden Street "live up to its name for the new millennium." Together they cleaned, weeded, and planted Philly Yellow daffodils in the center medians from Broad Street to 6th Street - 2 miles! PPL supplied all materials, arranged transportation via Hazel Green, and made all the necessary arrangements with the powers that be, i.e. Street Dept., to make this extensive civic pride initiative possible. In 2000, the efforts were awarded with the FIRST ADOPT-A-HIGHWAY SIGN within Center City! Three times a year, from 1999 to 2011 the students, staff and PPL maintained the medians. The B.F.H.S. JROTC began helping PPL in 2004 under the FLAG-TASTC command of Master Guns Sgt. Andrew Worley! We are happy to report that as of December 2011 Spring Garden Street will be transformed into a GREENWAY with funding from the state of PA. We like to think that our constant devotion to this neglected major street in Philadelphia showed its potential and that we truly help to live up to its name for future generations! PFCP APPLAUDES THE GREAT CIVIC ENGAGEMENT OF THESE STUDENTS AND STAFF.....too many names to list - over 400 kids in the past decade! YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE! BRAVO!!!!