Union League Building (left) and At-Large Councilmember Sharon A. Vaughn.

— Library of Congress/Detroit Publishing Company 1905/Philadelphia City Council 2022

The answer to that headline’s question will be determined by what the Black members of the Union League decide to do or not do in response to what happened on Jan. 24. More about that later in this article.

For now, let’s discuss the Union League. It’s a prestigious 161-year-old private club, founded to support Abraham Lincoln and the pro-Union/anti-Confederacy cause during the Civil War in 1862, which was three years before the 13th Amendment ended slavery.

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