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Do Markers Manage Memory?

Is our history an "official" history? Of course not. But while the historical marker for Rickett's Circus marker near 12th and Market Streets in Center City Philadelphia advances one story, it buries another. Whether we like it or not, when we acknowledge history we manage memory. There will be casualties, and sometimes even the historical equivalent of collateral damage.

About twenty years after Rickett's Circus came and went the Twelfth Street Friends Meeting was built on the site. Philadelphia was growing and spreading westward and the site of the circus was now valuable real estate. [Read more...]


Credits:
Joel Rose, Producer and Editor
Viet Le, Rachael Berenguer and Jennifer Lynn, Associate Producers
Elisabeth Perez-Luna, Executive Producer
Kenneth Finkel, Executive Director, Arts & Culture Service

Funding was provided by The William Penn Foundation.


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Marking Pennsylvania History

ExplorePAHistory.comRickett's Circus and the Philadelphia Zoo
Philadelphia is home to the country's first zoo, and its first circus. In 1880, the city hosted the first elephant born in captivity in America. WHYY's Jennifer Lynn traces Philadelphia's changing relationships with animals in captivity. [Listen]

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