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Old St. John's Church (interior)
Format Postcard
Description 2 pages
Language English
City, State Richmond, VA
Denomination Episcopal Church
Subject Fine Arts
Notes Beautiful and Historical Richmond, Va. Series, no. 5 In 1775 a Convention was held in this church to deliberate upon the oppressive measures adopted by the British Government for enforcing the collection of taxes levied upon the colonies. Many members of the Convention hesitated to commit Va. to any overt act of resistance bu Patrick Henry, then only 30 years old, "flashed the electric spark which exploded the colony in revolution" when he exclaimed with fiery eloquence "Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death". During the delivery of this immortal speech Henry stood in pew 47, now marked by the white tablet shown in this view.
Collection James R. Tanis Collection of Church Postcards
Contributor Princeton Theological Seminary
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