The first Colored Branch of the entire Young Women’s Christian Association was established in 1918 in Germantown, a racially diverse community on the North Side of Philadelphia. 

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Manager: Germantown Colored YWCA
Established: 1929

In 1929, the branch formed an African American women’s basketball team known as the Germantown Hornets with a roster that included future Basketball Hall of Fame member Ora Washington.