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Keys To Community

 
 
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1. Keys To Community Marker

Inscription.
Benjamin Franklin † 1706 – 1790

Titled: † Keys To Community,
by Philadelphia sculptor James Peniston,

Dedicated October 5, 2007

Penistonís one-ton bronze sculpture is textured with casts of 1,000 keys collected from local schoolchildren. Its alloy contains several brass nameplates representing Philadelphia firefighters fallen in the line of duty since 1736.
It was partially funded by the Fire Department and by more than 1.8 million pennies donated by schoolchildren from 500 area schools.
Keys to the Community replaced the beloved, but deteriorated, 1971 sculpture of Franklin, Penny Franklin, a.k.a.Penny Benny, by sculptor Reginald E. Beauchamp.

 
Erected 2007.
 
Location. 39° 57.145′ N, 75° 8.779′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker is on Arch Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Philadelphia PA 19106, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Philadelphia Conference (within shouting distance of this marker); Arch Street Friends (within shouting distance of this marker); Friends Meeting
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By Bill Coughlin, July 25, 2017
2. Keys To Community Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Arch Street Meeting House (within shouting distance of this marker); Benjamin Franklin (within shouting distance of this marker); National Funeral For President Washington (within shouting distance of this marker); Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Kahal Kodosh Mikveh Israel (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Philadelphia.
 
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By Bill Coughlin, July 25, 2017
3. Keys To Community Marker
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By Bill Coughlin, July 25, 2017
4. Ben Franklin Sculpture
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 27, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 27, 2017, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 47 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 27, 2017, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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