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Death Carts

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., March 22, 2017
1. Death Carts Marker Text
Inscription.

Clergymen Richard Allen and Absalom Jones organized their congregations and other free Africans who attended the sick and buried the dead during the raging yellow fever epidemic of 1793. Although misguided, the respected Dr. Benjamin Rush had encouraged their service under the belief that persons of African descent were immune to the deadly disease.

"...the difficulty of getting a corpse taken away was such that few were willing to do it... We then offered our services in the public papers, by advertising that we would remove the dead and procure nurses." (Richard Allen and Absalom Jones)
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 39° 57.032′ 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. Promoting the Abolition of Slavery (here, next to this marker); Refuge in the country (here, next to this marker); The Executive Branch

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By William Fischer, Jr., March 22, 2017
2. Death Carts Marker
(here, next to this marker); A Day of Reciprocity (here, next to this marker); The opener of the Way (here, next to this marker); "Burn this treaty to Hell!" (here, next to this marker); "I am free now" (here, next to this marker); "We shall come to a civil war" (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. The Yellow Fever Epidemic in Philadelphia, 1793. (Submitted on March 26, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Richard Allen and Absalom Jones (1915 article). (Submitted on March 26, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Yellow Fever Attacks Philadelphia, 1793. (Submitted on March 26, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Richard Allen, Absalom Jones, and the Early Black Church. (Submitted on March 26, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
5. About Absalom Jones [and Richard Allen]. (Submitted on March 26, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
6. Yellow Fever.
Death Carts Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 22, 2017
3. Death Carts Marker
Exhibit on the exterior of the east wall of The President's House partial reconstruction (marker at far right)
(Submitted on March 26, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
7. The Great Fever: Epidemic in Philadelphia, 1793 (PBS American Experience). (Submitted on March 26, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
8. Diagnosing and Treating Yellow Fever in Philadelphia, 1793 (Middle School Lesson Plan). (Submitted on March 26, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. African AmericansChurches & ReligionDisastersScience & Medicine
 
 
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 142 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 26, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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