Item: Planting tree ceremony, "Golden Block"
Record Number: 883
Page Number: photo 61
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Image description: The ceremony captured in this photograph was part of the revitalization of Philadelphia’s North Fifth Street “El BLoque de Oro,” or “Golden Block,” initiated by the Spanish Merchants Association of Philadelphia (SMA) during the 1970s. The Association was established to help Puerto Rican and Latino entrepreneurs and later took on housing and industrial development projects. At far left is a young Nelson Diaz, who in 1972 was the first Puerto Rican to graduate from the Law School of Temple University. In addition to his association with some of Philadelphia’s bigger law firms, Diaz’s prolific legal career included service as a Philadelphia Common Pleas judge, city solicitor and general counsel at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development during the Clinton administration.