Philadelphia Treasures


May 25 – September 3, 2007

In the Feature Exhibition Gallery

Philadelphia Treasures, a special supplement to Eyewitness: American Originals from the National Archives, features a wide array of artifacts pertaining to major local events, including the formation of the Underground Railroad, the outbreak of yellow fever, and the certification of the first United States Mint, among others. Treasures on display include the first written protest against slavery, which was found in the basement of the Arch Street Meeting House after scholars had been searching for over a century; the Minute Book of the Vigilant Committee, the first Underground Railroad organization founded and run by African Americans; Francis Scott Key’s manuscript copy of the “Star Spangled Banner”; a vest worn by a Philadelphia man who fell victim to yellow fever in 1793; a bleeding/shaving bowl and pewter syringe used during the yellow fever epidemic; an iron lung—first used in Philadelphia; George Washington’s Mint certification, which was written while Philadelphia was the capital of the U.S.; Edgar Allen Poe’s bankruptcy filing; and more.

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