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Portrait of William Penn the founder of the Province of Pennsylvania

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The National Park Service is looking to rehabilitate Welcome Park in Philadelphia’s Old City, which will include the permanent removal of the William Penn statue.

Welcome Park at 2nd Street and Sansom Walk is located on the site of William Penn’s former home — the Slate Roof House — which is named after the ship, Welcome, in which brought Penn to Philadelphia.

The site, funded by the Independence Historical Trust, was completed in 1982.

According to sources, park officials want to rehabilitate the park and expand on the importance of the Native American history of Philadelphia to make it more welcoming and inclusive for visitors.

Representatives of the indigenous nations — including the Haudenosaunee, the Delaware Nation, Delaware Tribe of Indians, the Shawnee Tribe, and the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma — who were all consulted in the proposed rehabilitation.

Old engraved illustration of The Treaty of William Penn with the Indians, (Penn's Treaty with the Indians at Shackamaxon)

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The National Park Service is seeking the public’s opinion on thier proposal, in which the public can leave a comment beginning Monday until midnight on January 21.


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