Philadelphia in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Christ Church Burial Ground
He used his fame abroad and his diplomatic skills to negotiate the Alliance with France in 1778 and the Peace with Britain in 1783, achievements as important to the cause of American independence as any battle.
Christ Church Burial Ground contains the graves of some of America's greatest patriots, including five signers of the Declaration of Independence: Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), Francis Hopkinson (1737-1791), Dr. Benjamin Rush (1746-1813), George Ross (1730-1779) and Joseph Hewes (1730-1779). The burial ground has been in use continuously since 1719, when the Vestry of Christ Church purchased this site because there was no room in the churchyard for interments and the land near the church was too marshy.
Other notables interred in Christ Church Burial Ground: Commodore
Erected by Old Philadelphia Congregations.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Churches & Religion • Colonial Era • Patriots & Patriotism • War, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Signers of the Declaration of Independence series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1778.
Location. 39° 57.149′ N, 75° 8.896′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker is at the intersection of Arch Street and 5th Street on Arch Street. Marker is on the southeast corner of Arch & 4th Streets. 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. Chronology of Benjamin Franklin (here, next to this marker); The Last Resting Place of Benjamin FranklinDavid Salisbury Franks (a few steps from this marker); Thomas Smith (within shouting distance of this marker); Charles Mason (within shouting distance of this marker); Major William Jackson - 40th Signer of the U.S. Constitution (within shouting distance of this marker); Philadelphia Female Anti-Slavery Society (within shouting distance of this marker); Matthew Clarkson (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Philadelphia.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Christ Church & Burial Ground markers.
Also see . . . Joseph Hewes Biography. A good biography of Joseph Hewes - Signer of the Declaration of Independence from North Carolina. (Submitted on September 26, 2008, by Michael of Des Moines, Iowa.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 9, 2019. It was originally submitted on July 19, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,399 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on August 2, 2017, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. 2. submitted on July 19, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. 3. submitted on August 2, 2017, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. 4. submitted on July 19, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. 5, 6, 7. submitted on July 17, 2018.