History tells us that all the church bells in Philadelphia rang on July 8th, 1776, for the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence. One church continues that tradition, though its bells now ring on July 4th.
Two alumni from Penn’s School of Design led the restoration of a prominent historical landmark at Christ Church Burial Ground: Benjamin Franklin’s grave marker, where the University’s founder has rested for more than 225 years.
Tentatively entitled “Inaugural Commission for the Christ Church Organ,” the project will feature a new composition by Nathan Davis and Phyllis Chen, performed by the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) in celebration of the new Christ Church pipe organ.
The staff at Christ Church Burial Ground monitored the crack for decades until, in 2016, they knew they had no choice but to act. Growth of the fissure was still accelerating, putting one of the most important gravesites in the United States at risk of being lost forever.