A Pennsylvania Historical Marker to honor the Kelly Family will be dedicated on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 1:00 p.m. at McMichael Park, 3800 Henry Avenue. The marker will honor John B. Kelly, Sr. a three time Olympic gold medal winner for rowing in the 1920 and 1924 games. A successful business man, he founded “Kelley for Brickwork” and built the house at 3901 Henry Avenue in 1925. His son, John B. Kelly, Jr. won the Royal Henley Regatta in 1947 and a bronze medal at the 1956 Olympics. Kelly Drive was named for him. Grace Kelly was an Academy Award winning actress and Princess of Monaco. The EFHS application for the marker, written by Patricia Cheek, was one of only 15 approved by the state out of 59 applicants.
Speakers at the event will be Councilman Curtis Jones, John Hogan, Commodore of the Schuylkill Navy and John B. Kelly, III. A bagpiper will provide music and lead us to the unveiling of the marker. This event is free and open to the public though a grant from the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia, East River Band and an Activities Fund Grant through Councilman Curtis Jones.