Philadelphia in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Walnut Street Prison
Erected 2008 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
Location. 39° 56.85′ N, 75° 9.05′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker is on South 6th Street just south of Walnut Street, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. It is across from Washington Park. Marker is in this post office area: Philadelphia PA 19106, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Welcome to Washington Square (within shouting distance of this marker); Washington Square (within shouting distance of this marker); Bicentennial Moon Tree (within shouting distance of this marker); In Memory of the Many American Soldiers (within shouting distance of this marker); Penn's Plan (within shouting distance of this marker); The Capital City (within A Fashionable Promenade (within shouting distance of this marker); Sorrow and Joy (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Philadelphia.
Also see . . . Walnut Street Prison. “It was the Quakers of Philadelphia who came up with the concept for what they called a penitentiary—a place where prisoners could reflect on their crime and become truly sorry for what they had done. The Quakers believed that through reflection and repentance, inmates would give up crime and leave prison rehabilitated. Shortly after the American Revolution, a group of Quakers formed the Philadelphia Society for Alleviating the Miseries of Public Prisons, whose goal was made clear in its name. (Later the group became known as the Pennsylvania Prison Society.) In the years after the Revolution this group worked to encourage prison reform, and its efforts finally paid off in 1790 when the Walnut Street Jail became the first state penitentiary in the country.”
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