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The Lazaretto - Philadelphia's Ellis Island [& Slave Ships from Guinea Forced to Land Here]

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The Lazaretto - Philadelphia's Ellis Island [& Slave Ships from Guinea Forced to Land Here]

Built in 1799 and opened in 1801, the Lazaretto (named for the patron saint of lepers, St. Lazarus), was where immigrants were checked into our country, and if they had disease, where they were quarantined. It closed in 1895 and since then has been a yacht club, pilot-training base, and seaplane landing site, according to the Phila. Inquirer of 3/5/12 at p. A2, and several Web sites. It almost became a parking lot for the nearby Phila. International Airport, but instead is being refurbished to be township offices for Tinicum Township.

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Location: Lazaretto Quarantine Station , 99 Wanamaker Ave., Essington, Pennsylvania, 19029, United States
Listing Category: African American History, Buildings, Civics Lessons, Ghosts and Spirits, Haunted, Paranormal, Government, Politics, History, Preservation / Protection Needed, Underground Railroad (Slavery/Freedom)
Created Date: 06-24-2018

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Name : plaquemaster
Email : sjkc0072@aol.com
Comments : Todays Philadelphia Inquirer, at p. A1, has a story about transforming Pier 53, another little Ellis Island, into a park. If you do a Web search for Pier 53 Philadelphia PA youll find other articles about it. [Original posting accidentally erased. Unsure of its date.]
Date : 2013-07-12

Name : plaquemaster
Email : sjkc0072@aol.com
Comments : There is an article titled Ghosts on the Delaware by Randy Lobasso, beginning on p. 13 of the 10/22/14 Philadelphia Weekly, about this site being haunted. It also says that [i]n 1800, 118 African bondsmen came through the Lazaretto after the U.S. had confiscated cargo bound for a notorious slave trader in Cuba. The ship was brought to Philadelphia; all the men were given the last name Ganges and handed over to the Pennsylvania Abolition Society.
Date : 2014-10-26

Name : plaquemaster
Email : sjkc0072@aol.com
Comments : //www.philly.com/philly/opinion/20160619_When_the_Ganges_sailed_from_Phila__into_American_history.html.
Date : 2016-06-21

Name : plaquemaster
Email : sjkc0072@aol.com
Comments : It is unclear to me whether this is the Lazaretto (the name given to quarantine hospitals) that the Ganges brought the slaves to, or did it go to its immediate predecessor, the Old Lazaretto, on Province Island where the Schuylkill and Delaware rivers merge. There is quite a bit about this on the Web, and it is confusing. If you can shed light, please comment below.
Date : 2016-06-23