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File #: 190675    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 9/12/2019 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 9/19/2019
Title: Also naming Belmont Mansion Drive from S. Chamounix Drive to Army Road as "Audrey Johnson Thornton Way," in honor of the late Audrey Johnson Thornton, to commemorate her long-time dedication to the historic Belmont Mansion.
Sponsors: Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Gym
Attachments: 1. Resolution No. 19067500, 2. Signature19067500
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Also naming Belmont Mansion Drive from S. Chamounix Drive to Army Road as "Audrey Johnson Thornton Way," in honor of the late Audrey Johnson Thornton, to commemorate her long-time dedication to the historic Belmont Mansion.
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WHEREAS, Audrey Johnson Thornton was the President of the Underground Railroad Museum at the Belmont Mansion and the Founder of the American Women's Heritage Society; and

WHEREAS, The American Women's Heritage Society is a non-profit historic preservation organization. Founded in November of 1986, the mission of the organization was to maintain and restore Belmont Mansion, an eighteenth-century home in Fairmount Park that was once a stop on the Underground Railroad. Belmont Mansion was abandoned and dilapidated before Johnson Thornton took interest in it; and

WHEREAS, Led by Johnson Thornton, the American Women's Heritage Society became the first organization to operate Belmont Mansion as primarily a historic site, and is the only African American Women's foundation to administer a historic site in Fairmount Park. In 2007, the Belmont Mansion reopened as The Underground Railroad Museum at Belmont Mansion; and

WHEREAS, Aided by Johnson Thornton's handwork and dedication, Belmont Mansion has become an interpretive and educational center for American history and culture, exposing the community to the fine arts, as well as building bridges of communication and interaction among various ethnic communities throughout Philadelphia; and

WHEREAS, In 2014, Johnson Thornton retired as the President of Belmont Mansion after almost 30 years of working to restore and maintain the historic site; and

WHEREAS, On April 8, 2019, Audrey Johnson Thornton passed away at age 93, leaving behind family, friends, and the many Philadelphians who had great respect for her; and

WHEREAS, Johnson Thornton will forever be remembered for her commitment to forging an alliance to protect and preserve the Belmont Mansion, a site with significant relevance ...

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