DSDI dedicates bench honoring seven Signers in Philadelphia

On Thursday July 3, 2014 at our 107th Annual Congress we dedicated a beautiful granite bench in the historic Christ Church burial ground, where seven Signers are buried. The bench has our DSDI bronze plaque In the middle of the seat and the signatures of each of the seven Signers, in script the way they signed the Declaration.

             Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

             Francis Hopkinson (1737-1790)

             Joseph Hewes           (1730-1779)

             George Ross              (1730-1779)

             Dr. Benjamin Rush (1746-1813)

             Robert Morris         (1734-1806)

James Wilson          (1742-1798)

Barbara Hague, Executive Director of Christ Church, welcomed us to the Burial Ground,

Rev. Susan Richardson, Asst. Pastor, Grace Staller, Chairman of DSDI Signer Recognition projects, Barbara Hogue, Executive Director of Christ Church, Anne McLaughlin,           Director of Tourism, Christ Church Preservation Trust, Laurie Croft, President-General of DSDI, John Hopkins, Coordinator of Christ Church Burial Ground.

Rev. Susan Richardson, Asst. Pastor, Grace Staller, Chairman of DSDI Signer Recognition projects, Barbara Hogue, Executive Director of Christ Church, Anne McLaughlin, Director of Tourism, Christ Church Preservation Trust, Laurie Croft, President-General of DSDI, John Hopkins, Coordinator of Christ Church Burial Ground.

and thanked us for placing the bench. Anne McLauglin, Director of Tourism, was instrumental in helping us place the bench. John Hopkins, the coordinator of the Burial Ground, welcomed us and gave a moving remembrance of Eleanor Hall, our deceased DSDI member, who volunteered at Christ Church for many

Laurie Croft, President-General of the DSDI, read a biography of each of the seven Signers, and thanked Christ Church for allowing us to place the bench. Rev. Susan Richardson, Asstistant Pastor of Christ Church, offered a prayer and blessing for the bench.

The placement of this bench was a labor of love, and an honor for me. Christ Church Burial Ground is celebrating its 294th year and has more than 250,00 visitors each year. The Burial Ground is two blocks from Christ Church, on Arch Street between 4th and 5th Streets, a few blocks from Independence Hall.

Grace Keiper Staller, Chairperson of the Plaque Committee

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