Our celebration of Black History Month continues. All this week, we will be posting pictures of murals throughout Philadelphia that pay tribute to African-American history.
Pictured here is a tribute to the Fletcher Street Urban Riding Program on 33rd and Arlington in North Philadelphia (Strawberry Mansion).
The Fletcher Street Urban Riding Club is an inner-city horsemanship program in north Philadelphia, where local horsemen teach neighborhood youth to ride and care for horses while encouraging academic excellence. The unusual homegrown community program provides children and youth with positive ways to spend their leisure time outdoors. Horses serve as a draw, attracting and engaging a committed group of youth. The club is led by longtime resident Ellis Ferrill and supported by other established local horsemen and community members.
The Fletcher Street club stables are located in the Strawberry Mansion neighborhood of north Philadelphia, on the edge of Fairmont Park. The program is part of a longstanding tradition of black urban cowboys and horsemanship in the city, dating back a century. Informal stables exist throughout North and West Philadelphia neighborhoods, on private and abandoned city land. The horses are ridden throughout the city’s streets and parks, and regular races are held on an open strip of Fairmont Park called the Speedway. Experienced horsemen and youth in the area care for the horses, and the Fletcher Street club horses receive additional care from a prominent area veterinarian
February 12, 2012: Malcolm X Mural at 31st and Ridge Avenue