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  • Franklin Munument, Granary

Franklin Monument

Artist:

Unknown

Location:

Granary Burial Ground  

Location

Granary Burial Ground
Tremont St
Boston, MA
United States
42° 21' 26.7048" N, 71° 3' 42.4872" W

Neighborhood:

Downtown

Type:

Memorial

Year:

1827

Medium:

Granite

Collection:

City of Boston

Funders:

restoration funded by Browne Fund

Description:

 

Although Founding Father Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston, he was buried in Philadelphia; what remains here is the Franklin Monument, which houses Franklin’s parents. The memorial plaque describes Franklin’s father, Josiah Franklin, as “a pious and prudent man,” and Franklin’s mother, Abiah, as “a discreet and virtuous woman.” They were married for fifty-five years and brought up thirteen children and seven grandchildren “by constant labor and honest industry.” The plaque urges the reader to consider their example and “be encouraged to diligence in thy calling, and distrust not providence.” The monument in the form of an obelisk was erected in 1827, and is a landmark in the Granary Burying Ground. 

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