Darien Nelson '27 Student Spotlight

On Friday, October 6, the city of Philadelphia came together to celebrate the 300th anniversary of Benjamin Franklin's arrival in Philadelphia. 

At 9:00 a.m., Young Benjamin Franklin arrived on the Delaware River waterfront at the Independence Seaport Museum. He began with a procession from the waterfront through Old City Philadelphia, and arrived at the Second Bank of the United States for a commemoration ceremony.

The ceremony will began at approximately 9:45 a.m. and was led by Philadelphia's own Jim Gardner. 

The ceremony feature dYoung Benjamin Franklin, proclamations from the Mayor and Governor's offices, a performance from the Philadelphia Boys Choir (featuring Darien!), and representatives from Philadelphia institutions founded by Franklin. 

After the ceremony, the APS's Library Hall hosted a viewing of the document that confirmed the date of Franklin's arrival in Philadelphia, and a sample of "puffy rolls" from High Street. 

This event was presented by the American Philosophical Society and partner organizations The Library Company of Philadelphia, Independence Seaport Museum, the Carpenters' Company, Christ Church, Historic Philadelphia, Inc., Independence Historical Trust, Independence National Historic Park, King & Cabouli Direct Marketing, Inc., and High Street Philly.