The event: In 1790 Benjamin died. The Federal Gazette, summed up public opinions about the Founding Father in its brief obituary.
“Died on Saturday night, in the 85th year of his age, the illustrious BENJAMIN FRANKLIN. The world has been so long in possession of such extraordinary proofs of the singular abilities and virtues of this FRIEND OF MANKIND that it is impossible for a newspaper to increase his fame, or to convey his name to a part of the civilized globe where it is not already known and admired.”
There are two paintings in the exhibit which attempt to recreate the funeral. We know from newspaper accounts that at least 20,000 people lined the streets as the funeral procession moved from Independence Hall to where his body was interred, and still remains, at 5th and Arch Streets in Philadelphia. Television Episode: "The Storm": Broadcast originally on Channel 6 ABC in Philadelphia. View at:
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