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John Caspar Wild, Destruction by Fire of Pennsylvania Hall, 1838. Lithograph. Library Company of Philadelphia, *W94 [P.9057.27].
Resource 13: Fire at Pennsylvania Hall
A fire destroyed Pennsylvania Hall, a meeting place for abolitionists, on May 17, 1838. It was set by a mob angry because white women, including Angelina Grimke Weld, had spoken to mixed audiences of men and women, and because white women and black women had walked arm in arm through the crowd.