The house condemned by Rutledge officials after they denied a repair permit to George T. Raymond following a fire

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In the 1950s and ’60s, local NAACP leader George T. Raymond helped desegregate area schools, movie theaters and restaurants. He didn’t back down easily, which is probably the only reason he was able to keep a house he bought in Rutledge, Delaware County.

After news got out the Raymonds were moving in, things got violent — and the borough government only exacerbated the trouble.

This is the story of a Black family that attempted to integrate an all-white Philly suburb.

Avi Wolfman-Arent is co-host of Studio 2 and a broadcast anchor on 90.9 FM. He was previously an education reporter with WHYY, where he's worked since 2014. Prior to that he covered nonprofits for the...