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Source: RB Books, Harrisburg, PA
Date: 2001
Byline: Charles L. Blockson

African Americans in Pennsylvania: Above Ground and Underground, An Illustrated Guide

Excerpt from page 38.


Philadelphia — Robert Morris House

John Reynolds built this imposing home in 1786 for Robert Morris financier of the American Revolution. A portion of Morris' wealth was acquired through the slave trade.

The commercial firm of Willings and Morris, brought hundreds of Africans to Philadelphia from 1754 to 1766, and sold them into slavery. John Inglis, another prominent Philadelphia merchant, who had a preoccupation with the slave trade, joined the firm of Willings and Morris and later became a full-fledged partner.

Built in Flemish bond of alternating red stretcher and black header brick, the Morris House is now a private residence and not open to the public.

Location: 225 S. Eighth Street


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