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Sanctuary in Sickness, Sanctuary in Health

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Philadelphia Lazaretto

2nd Street and Wanamaker Avenue

Essington, PA

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Explore the Philadelphia Lazaretto, one of the oldest quarantine stations in the United States, discover the critical role it played in Philadelphia’s immigration history, and contemplate the past, present, and future of health care for our most vulnerable.

Featuring a talk by David Barnes, Associate Professor and Director, Health & Societies Major, at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Throughout American history, people have come to the Philadelphia region seeking opportunity, while others have been fleeing persecution, and still others have been forced here in chains. When have these migrants been granted the right to feel safe, and when have they been denied safety? How do we come to grips with our country’s contradictory history of celebrating the diversity these many migrations produced, while denying rights to many?

This spring, join friends and neighbors for "Sanctuaries: Past Into Present," a series of free public seminars offered by The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia. Learn from local experts about Philadelphia’s immigration and migration history, hear from activists working in the region now, and grapple with how our complicated histories shape today’s social and political landscape.



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