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“Freedom might be too great a temptation”

 
 
"Freedom might be too great a temptation" Marker Text image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 23, 2017
1. "Freedom might be too great a temptation" Marker Text
Inscription.

Hercules, Washington's enslaved chef, asked that his son Richmond be brought to Philadelphia. If Hercules wanted Richmond to witness free people of African descent in Philadelphia, his wish ended after a short period of time. Washington sent Richmond home after writing of his fear; quoted in the letter below, that his enslaved people here would seek freedom. Despite his precautions, Washington's concerns later became reality when Hercules successfully escaped.

"The idea of freedom might be too great a temptation for them to resist. At any rate, it might, if they conceived they had a right to it, make them insolent in a State of Slavery."
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 39° 57.018′ N, 75° 9.003′ 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. "...is hereby empowered to sieze such Fugitives" (here, next to this marker); Life Under Slavery

"Freedom might be too great a temptation" Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 23, 2017
2. "Freedom might be too great a temptation" Marker
(here, next to this marker); History Lost & Found (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named History Lost & Found (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named History Lost & Found (a few steps from this marker); Awarding a Peace Medal (a few steps from this marker); Washington's Death and a Renewed Hope for Freedom (a few steps from this marker); Strengthening Ties with the United States (a few steps from 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. George Washington’s Philadelphia Household, 1793-1794. (Submitted on April 1, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Hercules. (Submitted on April 1, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. In Search of the Slave Who Defied George Washington. (Submitted on April 1, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. The Story of Oney Judge and The Real George Washington. (Submitted on April 1, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Abolition & Underground RRAfrican AmericansPolitics
 
"Freedom might be too great a temptation" Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 23, 2017
3. "Freedom might be too great a temptation" Marker
On freestanding wall between the President's House partial reconstruction and the Liberty Bell Center.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 1, 2017. This page originally submitted on April 1, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 83 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 1, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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