Independence Hall marks 40th year as UNESCO World Heritage Site

Hadas Kuznits
May 23, 2019 - 2:45 pm
Independence Hall in Philadelphia.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Global Philadelphia Association hosted Philadelphia's fourth annual World Heritage Day at Independence Hall on Thursday. 

World Heritage Day is a celebration of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and Rob McNeill, chair of the board of the Global Philadelphia Association, explains Independence Hall celebrates 40 years now as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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"It has to do with the importance to humanity. Sites such at Notre Dame, Carthage in Tunisia. I mean, there are a little over a thousand of them now, but in terms of making a significant impact on humanity is what is top of the list in terms of what is important for a World Heritage Site," McNeill said. 

"The fact that this was the birthplace of modern democracy is the fundamental reason why it was designated," GPA executive director Zabeth Teelucksingh said. 

And in addition to having a World Heritage Site, Philadelphia now celebrates its fourth year as a World Heritage City, one of only two in the United States:

"Philadelphia, San Antonio. That's it," Teelucksingh said.