Life Cycles

The final installment of Scribe Video Center’s Precious Places Community History Project airs this Sunday on TV12 at 11:30pm.  The programs this week examine “death by development” and the memory of those buried in a long popular cemetery.

Petty’s Island: A Sacred Part of America’s Story by Camden City African American Commission.  Visible (to the North) from the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, Petty’s Island began as a Lenape encampment, and was later used by the early European colonists as a depot for enslaved Africans. Today the ecology of the island is being threatened by development plans to create a gated community.  Danny Glover narrates this piece.

Palmer Cemetery: The Heart and History of Fishtown by the Fishtown Neighbors Association.  Most neighborhood residents know or are related to someone buried at Palmer Cemetery.  More than a quarter of a millennium ago, shipbuilder Anthony Palmer created the place where Fishtowners go and never leave.

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