Preserving Philadelphia’s Legacy and History

It is truly extraordinary that the Biden administration has chosen Welcome Park in Philadelphia as the site to reassert the Native Americans’ legacy. This small park, celebrating William Penn’s history, is named for the ship that brought him to America, where he established “the seed of a nation” and a “holy experiment.” Welcome Park, the location of Penn’s first home, was the beginning of his remarkable settlement of Pennsylvania in the city he aptly named Philadelphia, a city rooted in biblical and historic significance, known as the city of brotherly love.

William Penn, a trained theologian, lawyer, and Quaker by conviction, believed in the cooperation and respect among all humans, irrespective of their European or aboriginal descent. His peaceful negotiations with the original inhabitants of North America resulted in the famous Treaty Tree and established Philadelphia as a city of peace, devoid of an army and walls.

As a Quaker, Penn and his followers, known as “Friends,” embraced Jesus’ words from the Gospel of John, embodying their name and convictions in their interactions with the indigenous people. Penn’s legendary friendship with the Native Americans stands as a testament to his commitment to harmony and respect.

The question arises: why would this site be targeted? Welcome Park houses a smaller version of the William Penn statue that graces City Hall, showcasing the original street grid of the planned city. The contemplation of removing Penn’s statue suggests an attempt to erase his legacy, perhaps even driven by spiritual motivations. On the statue’s base lies Penn’s extraordinary prayer for Philadelphia, a city of brotherly love, rooted in Christian teachings.

The contemplation of removing Penn's statue suggests an attempt to erase his legacy, perhaps even driven by spiritual motivations.

If the desire is to honor the Native American legacy, numerous historic sites throughout the city could be repurposed to build an exquisite celebration of their culture and history. However, the focus seems to be on removing Penn’s statue, a move that appears to be a subterfuge to cancel a significant figure in American history. This raises concerns about the cultural battle being waged against the Judeo-Christian legacy, the foundation that established a nation still serving as a beacon of liberty to the world.

In conclusion, the preservation of history requires thoughtful consideration and a commitment to understanding the diverse legacies that have shaped our nation — including the Judeo-Christian heritage and biblical significance.

Update: William Penn Statue Saved for Now


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