Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Philadelphia in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Mount Vernon to Philadelphia

A Path to Freedom—For Some

 
 
Mount Vernon to Philadelphia Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, March 14, 2020
1. Mount Vernon to Philadelphia Marker
Inscription.  
The nine enslaved men and women of the President's House were chosen by Washington to accompany him to Philadelphia. They were separated from their families back in Mount Vernon and rotated out of state regularly to prevent them from gaining freedom under Pennsylvania law.

Characters
Christopher Sheels, enslaved attendant to Washington
Hercules, enslaved cook
Richmond, Hercules' enslaved son
Giles, enslaved stable hand
Oney Judge, enslaved maid and seamstress to Martha
Austin, Ona's enslaved half brother, house servant
Paris, enslaved stable hand
Moll, enslaved maid to Martha
Joe Richardson, enslaved postillion for the presidential coach
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: African Americans. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #01 George Washington series list.
 
Location.
Mount Vernon to Philadelphia Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, March 14, 2020
2. Mount Vernon to Philadelphia Marker
Click or scan to see
this page online
39° 57.029′ N, 75° 9.005′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker can be reached from Market Street (County Road 2004) just east of South 6th Street (County Road 2005), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Philadelphia PA 19106, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Keeper of the House (here, next to this marker); The House & the People Who Worked & Lived In It (here, next to this marker); Suppressing the Opposition (here, next to this marker); "I will fear no Evil" (here, next to this marker); The Dirty Business of Slavery (here, next to this marker); "An Act respecting fugitives from Justice" (here, next to this marker); The President's House Site 1790-1800 (here, next to this marker); Archeology Methods and Interpretation (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Philadelphia.
 
Additional keywords. slavery, human trafficking
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 27, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 15, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 55 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 15, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

Share this page.  
Share on Tumblr
m=146652

Paid Advertisement
Jan. 24, 2022