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The Declaration of Independence in Easton

 
 
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By Don Morfe, July 19, 2015
1. The Declaration of Independence in Easton Marker
Inscription. The first proclamation of the American Declaration of Independence took place on the Court House steps in this Circle in Easton at 12:O’Clock noon in July 8, 1776, simultaneously with similar proclamation at that appointed hour in Philadelphia and in Trenton, New Jersey. After adapting the Declaration in the late afternoon of July 4, Congress ordered copies to be printed and distributed to the several colonies for public readings. The readings in Easton, Philadelphia, and Trenton were the first to take place.

The July 11, 1776 edition of the Pennsylvania Evening Post described the action in Easton as follows:
“This day, the Declaration of Independence was received here, and proclaimed in the following order: The Colonel, and all other field officers of the First Battalion repaired to the Courthouse, the Light Infantry Company marching there with drums beating, fifes playing, and the standard (The device for which is the Thirteen United States Colonies) which was ordered to be displayed, and after that the Declaration was read aloud to a great number of spectators, who gave their hearty assent with three loud huzzas, and cried out may God long preserve and unite the free and independent States of America.”

A revolutionary flag of stars and stripes, which is preserved on display in the Easton Public Library, is believed

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By Don Morfe, July 19, 2015
2. The Declaration of Independence in Easton Marker
to be the oldest existing example of this original Easton flag. The flag in the library was presented to the Easton Troops as they left for duty in the War of 1812. Northampton County’s “Liberty Bell,” which was rung along with the proclamation on July 8, 1776, is on display in the Northampton County Court House.
 
Location. 40° 41.472′ N, 75° 12.542′ W. Marker is in Easton, Pennsylvania, in Northampton County. Marker is on Center Square. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Easton PA 18042, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Great Square (a few steps from this marker); Founding of Easton and Northampton County (a few steps from this marker); Indian Peace Treaties (within shouting distance of this marker); Northampton County’s First Court House (within shouting distance of this marker); Sullivan’s March (within shouting distance of this marker); Lafayette College Founding (within shouting distance of this marker); Samuel Phillippe (within shouting distance of this marker); First Reformed Church (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line). Click for a list of all markers in Easton.
 
Categories. Notable EventsWar, US Revolutionary
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 136 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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