Christ Church Burial Ground

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For the cemetery in Quincy, Massachusetts, see Christ Church Burial Ground (Quincy, Massachusetts).
Christ Church Burial Ground
BenjaminFranklinGrave.2005.jpg
Franklin grave
Christ Church Burial Ground is located in Pennsylvania
Christ Church Burial Ground
Location 5th and Arch Sts.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 39°57′07″N 75°08′55″W / 39.95194°N 75.14861°W / 39.95194; -75.14861Coordinates: 39°57′07″N 75°08′55″W / 39.95194°N 75.14861°W / 39.95194; -75.14861
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 71000062[1]
Added to NRHP June 24, 1971

Christ Church Burial Ground in Philadelphia is an important early-American cemetery. It is the final resting place of Benjamin Franklin and his wife, Deborah. Four other signers of the Declaration of Independence are buried here, Benjamin Rush, Francis Hopkinson, Joseph Hewes and George Ross. Two more signers (James Wilson and Robert Morris) are buried at Christ Church just a few blocks away.

The cemetery belongs to Christ Church, the Episcopal church founded in 1695 and place of worship for many of the famous Revolutionary War participants, including George Washington. The burial ground is located at 5th and Arch Streets, across from the Visitors Center and National Constitution Center. The Burial Ground was started in 1719, and it is still an active cemetery. The Burial Ground is open to the public for a small fee, weather permitting; about 100,000 tourists visit each year. When the Burial Ground is closed, one can still view Benjamin Franklin's gravesite from the sidewalk at the corner of 5th and Arch through a set of iron rails. The iron rails in the brick wall were added for public viewing at the request of Franklin's descendants in 1858.[2] Leaving pennies on Franklin's grave is an old Philadelphia tradition.

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Other famous people buried at Christ Church Burial Ground are:

Benjamin Rush's grave
The grave of John Taylor (right), a long-time grave digger at the cemetery

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