Philadelphia in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Christ Church vestry minutes, July 4, 1776
Built between 1727 and 1754, Christ Church stands not only as a masterpiece of Colonial architecture, but as a reminder of the role of religious faith in the struggle for American freedom.
The 200-foot high steeple of Christ Church dominated the Philadelphia skyline in 1776, serving as a landmark for residents and travelers. Equally prominent were the church's leaders who signaled their commitment to American independence by eliminating from their service all references to the King.
Congress worshipped here as a group. Among the congregation were Revolutionary leaders Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, and Robert Morris. Seven signers of the Declaration of Independence are buried in the churchyard here or in the Christ Church burial ground three blocks west of here at 5th and Arch Street.
Although it is part of Independence National Historical Park, Christ Church remains independent of the Park. The church is an active congregation of the Episcopal Church in the United States, and the building continues to be used regularly for worship.
Erected by Independence National Historical Park.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Signers of the Declaration of Independence marker series.
Location. 39° 57.037′ N, 75° 8.648′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker can be reached from 2nd Street. Touch for map. Marker is south of Christ Church steeple. 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. The Original Eight Bells in this Church (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Christ Church (a few steps from this marker); James Wilson (a few steps from this marker); Resting Place of Seven Signers of the Declaration of Independence (within shouting distance of this marker); Robert Morris (within shouting distance of this marker); Jacob Broom (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Christ Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Pierce Butler (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Philadelphia.
Regarding Christ Church. Portrait
The Reverend William White served as rector of Christ Church and chaplain to the Continental Congress. In 1787 he was conscreated the first Epsicopal Bishop of Pennsylvania.
The steeple of Christ Church dominated the Philadelphia skyline. This 1778 engraving shows the city as seen from the New Jersey side of the Delaware River.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Christ Church & Burial Ground markers.
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