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St. Mary's Church
Philadelphia: St. Mary's Church
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Creator (i.e., draftsman, photographer, architect, etc.):
Lutz, K. F., Photographer
"St. Mary's Church, South Fourth Street near Locust Street.
Founded 1763, this church was the 'Catholic Cathedral' during the Revolutionary period. July 4, 1779, here was held the first public-religious commemoration of the Declaration of Independence. In attendance were the Continental Congress, the President, the official heads of the new Government, and the Officers of the Army and Navy.
November 4, 1781, following the surrender of the British under Cornwallis to Washington at Yorktown, the armies of the Republic and France joined in the solemn mass of thanksgiving and the conquered flages of Great Britain were laid on the altar steps of this old church of St. Mary's. In the adjoining graveyard the 'Father of the American Navy,' Commodore Barry is buried."
Karl Lutz Collection
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