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Muhammad's Temple of Islam #12

 
 
Muhammad's Temple of Islam #12 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 27, 2019
1. Muhammad's Temple of Islam #12 Marker
Inscription.  Pennsylvania’s first Nation of Islam place of worship. Former home of the African American Muslim community of Philadelphia during the 1950s and 1960s under the leadership of Elijah Muhammad. Malcolm X and Imam Wallace D. Muhammad were administrators and teachers here.
 
Erected 2016 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Location. 39° 58.009′ N, 75° 12.505′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker is at the intersection of Lancaster Avenue and Brooklyn Street, on the right when traveling east on Lancaster Avenue. Marker is located on the sidewalk, directly in front of the former temple site. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4218 Lancaster Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19104, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Laura Wheeler Waring (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Freedom Now Rally (approx. 0.4 miles away); Stephen Smith (approx. half a mile away); First African Presbyterian Church (approx. half a mile away); American Bandstand
Muhammad's Temple of Islam #12 Marker<br>(<i>looking east along Lancaster Avenue</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 27, 2019
2. Muhammad's Temple of Islam #12 Marker
(looking east along Lancaster Avenue)
(approx. 0.6 miles away); The Solitude (approx. 0.8 miles away); African American Baseball in Philadelphia (approx. 0.8 miles away); a different marker also named The Solitude (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Philadelphia.
 
Also see . . .  Muhammad’s Mosque of Islam #12. Muhammad’s Mosque of Islam #12 located at 4218-20 Lancaster Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104, from l957 to l963, was the epicenter of debate and discussion about the future of African Americans in the nation. Mosque #12 was unique in the nation because no other mosque of the Nation of Islam could claim the oversight and constant teaching of two of the eminent orators and interpreters of the philosophy of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. Both Minister Malcolm X and Imam Wallace Muhammad served Mosque #12 and both of them went on to become prominent national leaders in the African American community. (Submitted on July 1, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
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Muhammad's Temple of Islam #12 (<i>looking south along Brooklyn Street • marker on left</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 27, 2019
3. Muhammad's Temple of Islam #12 (looking south along Brooklyn Street • marker on left)
Elijah Muhammad image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 22, 2017
4. Elijah Muhammad
This 1963 photo of Elijah Muhammad by Gordon Parks hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.

"Elijah Muhammad helped develop the most enduring black militant movement in the United States, the Nation of Islam. Born into poverty in rural Georgia, Muhammad dropped out of school after third grade to supplement his family's income as a laborer. In the early 1920s, he migrated to Detroit, Michigan, and found work in the automobile plants. In 1931 Muhammad met Master Wallace Fard (or Wali Farad), who preached for the Nation of Islam and became his disciple. Muhammad built on Fard's teachings and combined aspects of Islam and Christianity with the separationist philosophies of the black nationalist Marcus Garvey. A shrewd judge of character, Muhammad easily contained a number of fiery, charismatic personalities in his movement." -- National Portrait Gallery
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on November 22, 2019. This page originally submitted on June 30, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 60 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 1, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   4. submitted on November 20, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.
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