Heart of America: Philadelphia Prison Tour

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    01 Oct 2015
    Clock 15min      Length0.5mi
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    Heart of America: Philadelphia Prison Tour

    D: Here you are, 5th and Chestnut, on the block with Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell.

    R: In front of you is the chain-link fence and cobbled Chestnut Street. Behind you to your left is the large open field of Independence National Historical Park.

    D: It smells like horse shit and you can probably see people from all over America. You can probably hear some other languages.

    R: The only place in Philadelphia where that really happens.

    D: Yeah, it's true. So we'll leave in a minute, but first we want to show you something here: Independence Hall, the home of the 3/5 Compromise. It's where the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence were written, and so it's also where slavery was first upheld. And the Liberty Bell is on the opposite side of the street.

    R: It's not on top of the building anymore; it's in its own building just for it.

    D: It actually has no historical significance other than its historicity. It's famous because it's famous. It's literally only famous as a symbol. It didn't have an initial meaning, which is kind of interesting.

    R: Hi, I'm Rebecca.

    D: And I'm Dan. And we're gonna show you something unusual.

    R: So most tours of this city begin and end on this block, with the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall.

    D: Let us show you something unexpected only a couple blocks from here. Let's go. If you're facing the parks, turn left and start walking up Chestnut street. We'll meet you on the corner.

    R: While you walk, a few things to keep in mind: VoiceMap uses your phone's GPS location to play commentary automatically. You can now put your phone in your pocket and listen for our directions. Should you get lost, or stuck, you can take out your phone to look at the route map.

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