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The Keeper of the House

 
 
The Keeper of the House Marker Text image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 22, 2017
1. The Keeper of the House Marker Text
Inscription.

"You have invariably through the most trying times maintained a constant friendship and attention to the cause of our country and its independence and freedom."
(George Washington to Samuel Fraunces)

Jamaican-born Samuel "Black Sam" Fraunces, owner of the Fraunces Tavern in New York City, was so highly regarded for his hospitality and patriotism that President Washington hired him as his steward in Philadelphia. The relationship went back to the Revolution when Fraunces often hosted Washington and his officers at the tavern. Despite his nickname, some believe him to have been white.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 39° 57.029′ N, 75° 9.002′ 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 right when traveling east 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. Suppressing the Opposition (here, next to this marker); The House & the People Who Worked & Lived In It (here, next to this marker);

The Keeper of the House Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 22, 2017
2. The Keeper of the House Marker
"I will fear no Evil" (here, next to this marker); "An Act respecting fugitives from Justice" (here, next to this marker); "We shall come to a civil war" (here, next to this marker); "Burn this treaty to Hell!" (here, next to this marker); "I am free now" (here, next to this marker); The opener of the Way (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Philadelphia.
 
More about this marker. The marker is highly reflective and difficult to photograph straight on.
 
Also see . . .
1. Samuel Fraunces Bio. (Submitted on March 25, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Samuel Fraunces: Black Man or White Man?. (Submitted on March 25, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Samuel Fraunces. (Submitted on March 25, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Black Samuel Fraunces. (Submitted on March 25, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. African AmericansPatriots & PatriotismWar, US Revolutionary
 
The Keeper of the House Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 22, 2017
3. The Keeper of the House Marker
Exhibit on the interior of the east wall of The President's House partial reconstruction (marker at far right)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 25, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 25, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 61 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 25, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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