Alexander Hamilton’s tax records, the blueprints for the largest municipal building in the United States and police logs of horse thieves all have a new home now that the Philadelphia City Archives has opened its state-of-the art facility.

The new 65,000-square-foot building houses documents going back over 300 years, and it officially opened to the public on Thursday.

Archivist Ed Rice brings out a Rogues Gallery Book from the 1890s during a media tour of the new City of Philadelphia Archives in Philadelphia, Thursday, Dec. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Archivist Ed Rice brings out a Rogues Gallery Book from the 1890s during a media tour of the new City of Philadelphia Archives in Philadelphia, Thursday, Dec. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

It also features an interactive new mural by Talia Greene. The sprawling work incorporates a 1930s-era map that banks once used to highlight black neighborhoods to restrict access to mortgages.

This photo shows a page in an Rogues Gallery Book from the 1890s during a media tour of the new City of Philadelphia Archives in Philadelphia, Thursday, Dec. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
This photo shows a page in an Rogues Gallery Book from the 1890s during a media tour of the new City of Philadelphia Archives in Philadelphia, Thursday, Dec. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Greene has virtually incorporated documents showing abolitionist and civil rights efforts within those neighborhoods.

Among them are the death certificate of Octavius Catto, the 19th-century civil rights activist, and a real estate transaction for Underground Railroad conductor William Still’s house.

Source: The Associated Press

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