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William Penn Meant Well … Or Blame It on the Irish

January 22, 2020 @ 7:00 pm 8:30 pm

Civil War

When the Civil War began on April 12, 1861 Philadelphia should have been a pro-Union, pro-Lincoln city. It wasn’t. What happened to William Penn’s City of Brotherly Love? By 1805, Irish-born Pierce Butler was living in Philadelphia. He was one of the largest and wealthiest plantation and slave owners in the country. He introduced the Fugitive Slave Clause at the Constitution Convention in 1787 which protected slavery. How could this be? Philadelphia is north of the Mason-Dixon, and was a center of abolitionism…or was it? Join us to hear Jim Mundy, Historian of The Union League Legacy Foundation, as he explores the political and social history of the city before the war, and the creation of the Union League as a patriotic social society during the war.

This free program will take place inside the church sanctuary, followed by a reception in Riverside Hall with live piano music performed by Maria Dell’Orefice of The Jazz Sanctuary. For a modest donation, enjoy gourmet cheesecake by a local pastry chef, paired with moscato wine, coffee or tea.


January 22, 2020
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
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Historic Gloria Dei Preservation Corporation
(215) 645-2755‬
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Gloria Dei (Old Swedes’) Church

916 S Swanson Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147 United States
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76 people are attending William Penn Meant Well … Or Blame It on the Irish

Michael Schreiber Jim Murphy max bier Barbara Keating Cate Silver Margie Wood NJ Foley Mary Ann Leitch Mary Ann Leitch Linda Meredith Jim Murphy Paul Grant Charlie Krueger nina blum hardenbergh Maria O'Malley Lou Ann Di Nallo malcolm mark elizabeth rosenberg mark zwanger Carris Kocher Thomas K. Gilhool Rhonda Moody Flo Marianni William T Mundt Kathy Schneider Mary Ellen Burke Ann-Marie Corradetti Claire and Jack Donohue Bill and Debbie Radicchi William Mezger Brent Beerley Paul Laskow David Lockhart Francesca Fiamingo Vibiana Cvetkovic Daniel Campbell, AIA Paula Baxter Daniel McElhatton Anthony Scola Stephen Baron Holly Westergren Josh Silver Christopher Yamamoto