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William Penn Annex East in Philadelphia in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

On this block in 1976

 
 
On this block in 1976 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), January 13, 2023
1. On this block in 1976 Marker
Inscription.  
Congregation Mikveh Israel is the oldest Jewish congregation in Philadelphia. Known as the Synagogue of the American Revolution, it was first established in the 1740s, when services were held in private homes. During the Revolutionary War, Jews from various cities, including New York, Richmond, Charleston, and Savannah, fled to Philadelphia in search of a safe haven from the British.

The current synagogue (top photo at right), the congregation's fifth permanent building, at 44 North 4th Street, opened on America's bicentennial, July 4, 1976, adjacent to the National Museum of American Jewish History, which subsequently moved to 5th and Market Streets. The building was designed by Philadelphia from H2L2 to reflect Jewish world history and its Sephardic culture, with elements of North African, Spanish, Moroccan, Dutch, and Colonial architecture.

Mikveh Israel's third building (photo at near right), from 1860 to 1909, was located at Seventh and Arch Streets.

1976
President: Gerald Ford (R)
Mayor: Frank Rizzo (D)
Philadelphia population: 1,948,609

Events
July
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4 — The National Museum of American Jewish History opens. It was the first and only museum in the country that focuses solely on the American Jewish experience.

December 16 — Andrew Young was named Ambassador and Chief U.S. Delegate to the United Nations. He was the first African-American to hold the position.

Cuisinart home food processor introduced.

Congress passed a law to admit women into military academies.

The Please Touch Museum was founded by a group of educators, artists, and parents. It was the first museum in the nation built specifically for children ages one to seven.

The African American Museum of Philadelphia was established. It is the first structure built by a major city in the United States to house and commemorate the lives and works of African Americans.

Money matters
Annual salary of Phillies relief pitcher Tug McGraw: $75,000
Public school teacher's annual salary: $12,038
Apples: 36˘/lb
Beef steak: $2.12/lb
Bread: 42˘/lb
Eggs: 91˘/doz
Apple I Computer: $666.66
Bicycle: $64.99
Trolley/bus fare: 45˘

 
Erected by Center City District, Philadelphia; Ride! Philadelphia.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans
On this block in 1976 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), January 13, 2023
2. On this block in 1976 Marker
ArchitectureChurches & ReligionColonial EraEducationGovernment & PoliticsIndustry & CommerceWar, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Pennsylvania, Ride! Philadelphia series list. A significant historical date for this entry is July 4, 1976.
 
Location. 39° 57.032′ N, 75° 8.838′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. It is in William Penn Annex East. Marker is at the intersection of North 4th Street and Market Street (County Road 2004), on the right when traveling south on North 4th Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 400 Market St, 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. 4th & Market (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named 4th & Market (within shouting distance of this marker); Franklin Court & Museum / Franklin Court Market Street Houses (within shouting distance of this marker); Mikveh Israel
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(within shouting distance of this marker); Benj. Franklin Bache Privy Pit (within shouting distance of this marker); Henry Frogley Water Well (within shouting distance of this marker); Jonathan Netanyahu and Entebbe (within shouting distance of this marker); Mathew Carey (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Philadelphia.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 2, 2023. It was originally submitted on January 15, 2023, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 51 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 15, 2023, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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