On this day in Philly history in 1688, the first public protest opposing slavery in the New World was drafted in Thones Kunders’ home on Germantown Avenue. The formal statement against slavery came out of a tiny Friends Meeting composed of members of thirteen Quaker families, led by Francis Daniel Pastorius. The Friends were dismayed that slavery should exist in William Penn’s Province of Pennsylvania. The protest contains powerful statements of this sentiment such as, “…we shall doe (sic) to all men like as we will be done ourselves; making no difference of what generation, descent or colour they are.” While Kunders’ home is no longer standing, a historical marker stands on the site at 5109 Germantown Avenue.
Have you been near the site of Kunders’ home recently?