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Wilson Goode accepts responsibility for MOVE bombing during impassioned remarks at street renaming

September 21, 2018

Former Mayor W. Wilson Goode Sr. speaks to supporters, as protesters demonstrate in the background, during a ceremony to celebrate the naming of a street after him Friday Sept. 21, 2018. Goode said he was responsible for dropping a bomb on a home full of people 33 years ago, but said he would not be defined by one day of his life

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Former Mayor W. Wilson Goode Sr. stopped short Friday of apologizing for his role in the 1985 MOVE bombing that killed 11 people and destroyed a city block during impassioned remarks at the renaming of a West Philadelphia street in his honor.

Some 50 supporters – among them City Council members and clergy – had gathered near the 2400 block of 59th Street in Overbrook Farms for the unveiling of W. Wilson Goode Sr. Way. But the event was drowned out at times by protesters – some MOVE sympathizers angry that Goode had received such an honor, prompting the city’s first black mayor to defend his record.

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