Race Street Meetinghouse

Address: 1501 Cherry St, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Neighborhood: Center City

Website: http://www.friendscentercorp.org

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Contact: (215) 241-7100

Description: Race Street Meetinghouse, built in 1856, served as the site of the Hicksite Yearly Meeting from 1857 to 1955 and was at the forefront of women’s involvement in both the Quaker religion and American political activism. Many leaders in the women’s movement were associated with this meetinghouse, among them abolitionist and activist Lucretia Mott, peace activist Hannah Clothier Hull, and suffrage leader Alice Paul.

Resources for Researchers

Information for Visitors

  • Hours
    • Monday through Friday: 7 am – 10 pm
    • Saturday and Sunday: 9 am – 5 pm
  • Admission
    • Free to drop in
    • $10 per person for tours


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  • Faith and ideals – religion, philosophy, political ideology

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