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historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM5P5_archeology-methods-and-interpretation_Philadelphia-PA.html
Uncovering HistoryHow do we learn about the lives of those who came before us? Old documents such as letters, diaries, and land deeds tell us about particular people, places and events. Yet written records do not always survive and most were produ…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM5NI_free-african-society_Philadelphia-PA.html
Established in 1787 under the leadership of Richard Allen and Absalom Jones, this organization fostered identity, leadership, and unity among Blacks and became the forerunner of the first Afican-American churches in this city.
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM5NG_enslaved-africans-in-the-household-of-george-and-martha-washington_Philadelphia-PA.html
At various times during Washington's stay in Philadelphia, nine enslaved Africans were known to have lived and worked here at the President's House. They were dynamic participants in the daily life of the presidential household and the surrounding…
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President George Washington called the elegant three-story brick mansion that once stood on this spot "the best single house in the city." Both Presidents Washington (1790-1797) and John Adams (1797-1800) lived and worked in this house, which was …
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM5H8_psfs-building_Philadelphia-PA.html
The Philadelphia Saving Fund Society Building is regarded as the first International Style skyscraper built in the U.S. Completed in 1932, it was a radical departure from traditional bank architecture, exploiting the latest technological and struc…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM5H7_reading-terminal-and-market_Philadelphia-PA.html
The Philadelphia and Reading Railroad's Terminal Station served passengers from 1893-1984. The train shed, masterpiece of Joseph H. Wilson, is an engineering feat reflecting the era when railroads vied for impressive terminals, both functional and…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM5AI_all-wars-memorial-to-colored-soldiers-and-sailors_Philadelphia-PA.html
(Front Inscription): Erected by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in honor of her Colored Soldiers. (Back Inscription):To commemorate the heroism and sacrifice of all Colored Soldiers who served in the various wars engaged in by the United State…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM4QK_declaration-house_Philadelphia-PA.html
In 1776, while attending the Continental Congress, Thomas Jefferson rented two rooms from Jacob Graff, Jr., to avoid the "excessive heats of the city." Here, in Graff's house on the outskirts of town, Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence.
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM4PX_w-c-fields-1880-1946_Philadelphia-PA.html
American comedian raised in Philadelphia, noted for his irreverent wit. Starting out as a vaudeville juggler, he won enduring fame on screen and radio. He was in over 40 motion pictures, 1915-44. As a lad, he worked for a time at Strawbridge's here.
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM457_mother-bethel_Philadelphia-PA.html
Mother Bethel is the first African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church in America, founded in 1791. Richard Allen (1760-1831), a former slave, was the founder, and later became the first bishop (1816) of the first African-American denomination in …