Quaker Abolitionist Anthony Benezet To Be Honored With State Historic Marker

Arch Street Meeting House, Peace & Social Concerns

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission is unveiling an historical marker to commemorate the life and work of Anthony Benezet (1713-1784), a Quaker abolitionist and pioneer in the education of women and African Americans.  The dedication event organized by the Monthly Meeting of Friends of Philadelphia will be held on Saturday, June 4 at 11:00AM.   The ceremony is free and open to the public and will be held in the park across the street from the new historic marker, which has been placed at the site of his former home, 325 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia.

“This marker draws deserved attention to Anthony Benezet, an unsung hero who had a great impact on the lives of the African Americans of Philadelphia and beyond,” Lynne Calamia, director of Arch Street Meeting House, said.  He was tireless and unwavering in his opposition to slavery, writing numerous pamphlets and correspondence on the subject.  Benezet is credited with convincing many, including Benjamin Franklin and Benjamin Rush, to promote abolition. He also provided free education for African American boys in his home and started the first public girls’ secondary school. He is buried at Arch Street Meeting House burial ground located at 320 Arch Street, Philadelphia PA 19106.  Attendees do not need to RSVP for this event.  For more information contact archtreasurer@gmail.com or call 215-605-3660.

About the Monthly Meeting of Friends of Philadelphia

The Monthly Meeting of Friends of Philadelphia is a vibrant Quaker congregation located in Old City, Philadelphia. Throughout history, Quakers have been guided to a commitment to work for peace and non-violence, to live simply with integrity, and to treat each person with respect.

For more information, visit archstreetfriends.org.

About the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission is the official history agency of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Created in 1945, they are responsible for the collection, conservation, and interpretation of Pennsylvania’s historic heritage.

About Arch Street Meeting House

Arch Street Meeting House is an historic Quaker house of worship and National Historic Landmark located in the heart of Old City Philadelphia.  Built in 1804 atop Philadelphia’s first burial ground on land deeded to Quakers by William Penn in 1701, Arch Street Meeting House welcomes thousands of visitors from all around the world each year to learn more about the impact Quakers have had on the United States. For more information, visit archstreetmeetinghouse.org.