|Liberty Bell (Photo by Tony the Misfit)|
Although William Penn was granted the Pennsylvania colony by a charter from Charles II of England, the Lenape tribe was already living there.
In order to assure peace for his new “City of Brotherly Love” (the name “Philadelphia” means “Brotherly Love” in Greek), Penn chose to then pay the Lenapes for this land.
Wikipedia explains that Penn “had experienced religious persecution and wanted his colony to be a place where anyone could worship freely.” It is therefore only fitting that Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese woman who had been sentenced to death for refusing to renounce Christianity,
visited Philadelphia en route to her new home in New Hampshire.
The Associated Press reports that during this visit, Ibrahim “was welcomed first by the mayor of Philadelphia as a ‘world freedom fighter’…” Mayor Nutter then “gave her a small replica of the Liberty Bell…”
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