The Burning of Pennsylvania Hall, Philadelphia, PA, 1838.
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A mob burned Pennsylvania Hall to the ground after a meeting of female abolitionists in 1838.

Credit: The Library Company of Philadelphia

Constructed to serve as a meeting place for abolitionists, Pennsylvania Hall was burned down during a meeting of the second Anti-Slavery Convention of American Women on May 16, 1838, just four days after its opening, by a mob outraged at the "promiscuous intermingling indoors and out of blacks and whites."

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