In 1683, William Penn, founder of Philadelphia and the entire state of Pennsylvania, entered into a peace treaty with the Leni-Lenape tribe along the shores of the Delaware River, where Penn Treaty Park sits today. A statue of William Penn stands in the park to commemorate this moment. But, where is the statue of Chief Tamanend, the leader of the tribe and the man who offered to reach out his hand in friendship to Penn and the incoming Quakers? He has his own statue in Philadelphia, currently at Front and Market streets, but members of the Friends of Penn Treaty Park hope to join the two statues on the ground where the treaty was ratified so many years ago. — from “Friends Group Wants to Bring Chief Back to Penn Treaty Park.” Read the rest of the article here.
Spearheaded by Board Members Barbara Morehead and Carol Davis, the Friends of Penn Treaty Park have started a drive to get the public and the City of Philadelphia behind something that should have happened long ago:
It’s time to move the Chief Tamanend Statue from Front & Market Streets to Penn Treaty Park.
To that end, the Friends’ Board has sent a letter requesting a meeting with the Commissioner and Executive Director of Fairmount Park to begin moving this project forward. You can read the letter here.
Photo: Algonquian Confederacy of the Quinnipiac Tribal Council. Visit this site to learn more about Tamanend.