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Member Saturday: Quakers, Faith, and Prison Reform

September 17, 2022, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Member Saturday: Quakers, Faith, and Prison Reform

Members only. Registration required. In-Person.

For centuries, Quakers have played a role in prison reform. In 1800s Philadelphia, the Quaker tenets of silence and reflection inspired Eastern State Penitentiary’s revolutionary separate system. Several wardens and a myriad of Eastern State staff and visitors were Quakers, and all hoped that the penitentiary would encourage penitence and transform the lives of its inhabitants for the better. Today, many practicing Quakers continue to advocate for change within our criminal justice system.

Meet staff from Arch Street Meeting House as they discuss how Quaker beliefs have influenced parishioners’ commitment to prison reform, the Quaker origins of Eastern State, and this faith’s continuing influence in prisons today.

This event is free for all members. Reserve free tickets online or call 215-236-5111 x224. 

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