In Philadelphia, “The City of Brotherly Love” and the home of America’s first White House, some very interesting news stories relative to the history of our nation have recently been discovered. While plying his trade at the corner of 3rd and Market Street, a construction worker’s backhoe suddenly made contact with what appeared to be a door that is presumed to have been in use about 200 years ago. According to archaeologist Douglas Mooney, this site is approximately three blocks away from what was the original White House during the presidency of George Washington where evidence of slave interments were found. At this moment in time, what’s behind that door is yet to be conclusively determined.
In March 2017, history repeated itself so to speak when another construction crews’ use of backhoes made contact with that appeared to be old caskets and human remains nearby. Located near one of Philadelphia’s historic landmarks, the Betsy Ross House where the first American flag was sewn together, this discovery occurred during preparation for the construction of a new high-rise apartment building in the city. The site was the original home of a church dating back to 1707. According to historical records, bodies buried in the church graveyard were relocated in 1860 to another mainline Philadelphia church graveyard.
Under the auspices of Rutgers University-Camden, an archaeology/forensics team is analyzing the remains hopefully to determine age, gender and cause of death for approximately 60 long-dead individuals.
One current news item is guaranteed to catch the attention of NFL football fans and fanatics especially those watching Eagle’s games. It appears that Philadelphia is incorrectly spelled on gear bearing the team’s logo. Close observation reveals the second ‘l’ is missing.
Philadelphia now boasts a mural depicting a raccoon feasting on a staple of the city’s cuisine, the soft pretzel. The artwork covering the side of a local building is the result of a “Go Fund Me” website which garnered $4,000 for its creation.