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Philadelphia in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Linked in Memory

 
 
Linked in Memory Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, July 5, 2008
1. Linked in Memory Marker
Inscription. A statue of the most famous American, George Washington, stands near the Square's center. It keeps a vigil at the tomb of an unknown soldier who died during the War for Independence. Revolution linked them in life. This shrine joins them in our memory.
In 1825 the city renamed its five public squares. This one became Washington Square. Organizers raising money for a suitable monument hoped for success as the 1832 centennial of the president's birth approached. They actually laid a cornerstone in 1833, but failed to raise enough cash for a statue.
Success waited for over a century. A new drive begun in 1953, finally funded the joint memorial that you see today.
 
Location. 39° 56.848′ N, 75° 9.095′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker can be reached from Walnut and 6th Streets. Touch for map. Marker is on the left of the path from the northeast entrance to the center of Washington Square Park. 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. Sorrow and Joy (here, next to this marker); Congregation of the Dead (here, next to this marker); Tom Foglietta (here, next to this marker);
Washington Statue and Tomb of Unknowns image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, July 5, 2008
2. Washington Statue and Tomb of Unknowns
Penn's Plan (a few steps from this marker); The Capital City (a few steps from this marker); A Fashionable Promenade (a few steps from this marker); Washington Square (within shouting distance of this marker); Bicentennial Moon Tree (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. Other Washington Square markers.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 10, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 733 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 10, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.
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