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A 'mix of people' are bound for Hall of Fame

— The in­duct­ees, liv­ing and de­ceased, will be honored at a ce­re­mony at Holy Fam­ily in Oc­to­ber.

Mem­bers of the North­east Phil­adelphia Hall of Fame Se­lec­tion and Steer­ing Com­mit­tees await the of­fi­cial an­nounce­ment of the new 2012 Hall of Fame In­duct­ees at Holy Fam­ily Uni­versity, Thursday, April 26, 2012, Phil­adelphia, Pa, (Maria Pouch­nikova)

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The third class of the North­east Phil­adelphia Hall of Fame will fea­ture an as­tro­naut, a busi­ness and com­munity lead­er, a civil rights act­iv­ist, a sol­ar power pi­on­eer and sev­en houses of wor­ship more than 200 years old.

City Coun­cil­man Den­nis O’Bri­en (R-at large) made the of­fi­cial an­nounce­ment dur­ing an April 26 news con­fer­ence at Holy Fam­ily Uni­versity.

The 2012 in­duct­ees will be:

• Frank Shuman (1862-1918), an in­vent­or and sol­ar power pi­on­eer.

• The Rev. Le­on Sul­li­van (1922-2001), a civil rights lead­er and anti-apartheid act­iv­ist.

• Ed Kelly, a busi­ness and com­munity lead­er.

• Chris Fer­guson, an as­tro­naut.

• Unity Monthly Meet­ing Frank­ford (foun­ded 1682), By­berry Monthly Meet­ing (1683), Pen­nepack Baptist Church in Bustleton (1688), Trin­ity Church Ox­ford in Lawndale (circa 1698), Pres­by­teri­an Church of Frank­ford (1722), All Saints Epis­copal Church, Tor­res­dale (1772) and Camp­bell AME Church in Frank­ford (1807).

“It’s a won­der­ful list, isn’t it,” said Sis­ter Francesca On­ley, pres­id­ent of Holy Fam­ily and chair­wo­man of the se­lec­tion com­mit­tee. “And we have more in the mak­ing.”

The in­duct­ees will be honored dur­ing a ce­re­mony at Holy Fam­ily’s Edu­ca­tion and Tech­no­logy Cen­ter on Sunday, Oct. 21 at 1 p.m.

A steer­ing com­mit­tee raises money and plans the event.

As part of the Hall of Fame pro­ject, loc­al high school stu­dents will be in­vited to cre­ate a video es­say. The sub­ject and prizes are to be de­term­ined.

The Hall of Fame is sponsored by the May­fair Com­munity De­vel­op­ment Cor­por­a­tion in part­ner­ship with Holy Fam­ily, Coun­cil­man O’Bri­en, the His­tor­ic­al So­ci­ety of Frank­ford and the North­east Times.

The pub­lic sub­mit­ted names to an eight-per­son se­lec­tion com­mit­tee for con­sid­er­a­tion.

The first group of in­duct­ees con­sisted of Tom Gola, Joan Kra­jew­ski, Aid For Friends, Harry Sil­cox, Thomas Holme, Henry and Mary Dis­ston and St. Kath­ar­ine Drexel.

The second group fea­tured Ben­jamin Rush, Robert Pur­vis, George “Butch” Bal­lard, Sis­ter Mary Scul­lion and Spe­cial People In North­east Inc.

“It’s a mix of people who are na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally known and people who are more com­munity based,” said pro­ject dir­ect­or Jack Mc­Carthy. “It’s a rich, di­verse group.”

Shuman, a Brook­lyn nat­ive who moved to Phil­adelphia in the 1890s to work for the Ta­cony Iron Works, in­ven­ted safety glass and a pro­cess for mak­ing wire glass. He re­ceived a pat­ent in 1910 for a “sun ma­chine,” which used sol­ar heat to run an in­tern­al com­bus­tion en­gine.

Sul­li­van, who was born in West Vir­gin­ia and stud­ied in New York, be­came pas­tor of Zion Baptist Church in 1950 and served un­til 1988. He and his wife Grace were among the ori­gin­al res­id­ents of the Green­belt Knoll de­vel­op­ment in Holmes­burg. He foun­ded the Op­por­tun­it­ies In­dus­tri­al­iz­a­tion Cen­ters and sat on the board of dir­ect­ors for Gen­er­al Mo­tors. His “Sul­li­van Prin­ciples” helped hasten the end of apartheid in South Africa. Pres­id­ent George H.W. Bush presen­ted him with the Pres­id­en­tial Medal of Free­dom.

Kelly is a World War II vet­er­an who owned a suc­cess­ful auto­mobile re­pair busi­ness in Burholme. He served as pres­id­ent of the Great­er North­east Phil­adelphia Cham­ber of Com­merce from 1971-82. He and oth­ers foun­ded the Pennypack Park Mu­sic Fest­iv­al in the 1970s. After a 10-year hi­atus, the free con­certs re­sumed in 2001, with Kelly’s help. The stage is named in his hon­or. He and Jane, his wife of more than 60 years, live in Rhawn­hurst.

Fer­guson, a 1979 Arch­bish­op Ry­an High School gradu­ate, is a re­tired as­tro­naut and U.S. Navy cap­tain. He was pi­lot of the 2006 At­lantis space shuttle flight and com­mand­er of the 2008 En­deav­our flight and the Ju­ly 2011 At­lantis flight, which rep­res­en­ted the end of NASA’s space shuttle pro­gram. He re­tired from NASA last Decem­ber and now works for Boe­ing. He lives in Hou­s­ton with his wife Sandra and three chil­dren.

For more in­form­a­tion, vis­it www.frank­ford­his­tor­ic­also­ci­ety.org and click the “North­east Phil­adelphia Hall of Fame” icon. ••

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