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Newtown Quakers’ talk on historic Fair Hill slated


A program on Philadelphia’s “Historic Fair Hill” will be presented by Jean Warrington, executive director of Fair Hill via Zoom for the adult class of Newtown Quaker Meeting at 9:45 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 26 via
Meeting for Worship in the manner of Friends will follow at 11 a.m.
The 5-acre burial ground of Fair Hill was given by William Penn to George Fox who left it in his will in 1691 for “a meeting-house and a burying place and for a playground for the children in the town to play on, and for a garden to plant with physical plants, for lads and lasses to make simples and learn to make oils and ointments.”
Warrington will speak about how Quakers and the community have restored, revitalized, and reimagined this resting place of great human rights activists like Lucrecia Mott. Neglected for decades, in 1993 volunteers from Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting formed a nonprofit to purchase the property.

This space now consists of a peacemaking green space, a neighborhood revitalization organization, a historic graveyard, a literacy and tutoring program, a community garden, and a farmer’s market.
Warrington will be accompanied by Aaron Freeman, a young urban farmer of the Fair Hill community.
“It has all been accomplished by loving hands and hearts,” Warrington said.