Open call for Tubman statue; Protesters disrupt Penn president’s first speech; 9 Philadelphia agencies with confusing names | Morning overview

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Wesley Wofford’s traveling statue of Harriet Tubman stopped at Philadelphia City Hall last winter and proved so popular that the city commissioned a permanent one.

  • Instead of a public selection process, officials have just awarded the commission to Wofford. Black artists and historians have expressed disappointment with the closed-door process that chose a white man.

Now the city has backtracked, Jordan Levy reports, and will hold an open call for a chance to win $500,000 for sculpting the famed civil rights leader.

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Have you ever wondered what the difference is between the tax review board and the tax review board? Local government can be a maze to navigate.

  • Philadelphia has more than 100 offices, councils, offices and commissions. Departments like Parks & Rec or Emergency Management are relatively obvious, but not all titles are clear.

Asha Prihar takes a look at nine confusingly named corners of city government and explains what their functions really are.

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Students at William Dick gather in grade level groups as they prepare to enter the building on the first day of the school year
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We publish this report each week in partnership with the Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting at Community College of Philadelphia.

By the Numbers in Philadelphia

  • 56: Registered gunshot victims Last week so far, up from 53 the previous week. [City Controller via @PCGVR]
  • 1,595: Shooting victims This yearup 3% from last year [PCGVR]
  • 362: Year to date murders2% ahead of last year’s pace and up 76% from five years ago [Philly Police]

Mayor Kenney joins Superintendent Watlington at Add B. Anderson Elementary School in Angora to cut the ribbon for a new schoolyard (10:15 a.m.). Today is International Overdose Awareness and Memorial Day so the mayor then heads to the square outside MSB to open a pop-up Overdose Memorial Garden who will offer resources and support until the end of September (12 p.m.).

Kenney then joins the bi-weekly virtual briefing on the city’s response to gun violence (1 p.m.), which focuses on security plans for this weekend’s Made in America festival. You can listen live on WURD Radio 900 AM/96.1 FM or watch on facebook.

🎨 Banksyland, a traveling art exhibit featuring 80 pieces by famed street artist Banksy, is coming to Philadelphia. Tickets are $29, or $60 for the VIP experience with a poster. (Friday to Monday, Sept. 2 to 5)

🍻 Say goodbye to summer and hello to Oktoberfest season at Cannstatter Volksfest Verein’s 150th annual Labor Day weekend festival, with music, games, food and lots to drink. (Saturday to Monday, September 3 to 5)

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