A Day of Reciprocity
In late August of 1793, leading members of the free African and white communities joined in a banquet to celebrate the roof raising of the first African church in Philadelphia. The dinner was in two parts, Dr. Benjamin Rush explained, "six of the most respectable of the white company" served dinner for the men and women of African descent. "May African churches everywhere soon succeed..." was Dr. Rush's heartfelt toast as the white donors and workers then ate, served by the African participants.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 39° 57.031′ N, 75° 9′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker is at the intersection of Market Street and South Independence Mall West (6th Street), on the left when traveling west on Market Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: President's House Site N of Liberty Bell Pavilion, Philadelphia PA 19106, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Executive Branch (here, next to this marker); The opener of the Way (here, next to this marker); Refuge in the country (here, next to this marker); "Burn this treaty to Hell!"
More about this marker. The marker is highly reflective and difficult to photograph straight on.
Categories. • African Americans • Churches & Religion • Civil Rights •
Credits. This page was last revised on March 26, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 26, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 103 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 26, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.