Behind the Name: Philadelphia Schools

Behind the Name: Philadelphia Schools

Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 1:00 pm

By the start of the 1900’s, the practice of naming Philadelphia public schools after well-known civic leaders, industrialists and military figures was commonplace. From the victor of Gettysburg and a Philadelphia mayor; to an abolitionist and an educational reformer; this walking tour will visit the graves of some of Philadelphia’s most prominent figures for whom our city’s schools are named. In honor of the amazing Philadelphia Teachers teaching our youth, teachers can purchase tickets at the youth rate.

The walking tour will take place on Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 1:00 pm, departing from Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Gatehouse entrance at 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Free parking is located in the lot across the street from the Gatehouse.

Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Ticket pricing is $15/General Admission, $13/Seniors (65 & Up), $13/Students with ID, $10/Members, $7.50/Youth (6-12), and $0/Child (5 & Under).

Please note - youth and children must be accompanied by an adult.

Tour Guide: Jim Hence

Social Distancing Guidelines for In-Person Tours

To maintain the safety of guests and staff the following guidelines are in effect for all in-person tours:

  • Tickets must be purchased in advance and tours are limited to 10 people
  • There will be a table set up in the courtyard for check-in. A staff person will ask three screening questions before admitting guests on the tour to make sure guests have not been exposed to COVID 19 in the past two weeks. (If you think you have been exposed to Covid-19, please email info@thelaurelhillcemetery.org and we will issue you a credit for your ticket purchase).
  • The accessible bathroom will be available to use and cleaned before the tour.
  • Anyone older than 2 years of age must wear a mask or facial covering over their nose and mouth at all times
  • Everyone on the tour is asked to practice social distancing with anyone outside of their household
  • A staff person will be on hand on the tour to ensure that these guidelines are followed

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