45-foot ship to tell story of the American Revolution

The latest iteration of the Museum of the American Revolution

The latest iteration of the Museum of the American Revolution

Visitors to Philadelphia can soon climb aboard a replica Revolutionary era privateer ship in the heart of the city’s historic district, while staying firmly planted on land.

The Museum of the American Revolution will feature one-half of a life-sized privateer ship as a primary immersive exhibit when it opens next year, blocks from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. Visitors will walk a ramp onto the boat and learn stories about the lesser known parts of the American Revolution, including the story of 14-year-old James Forten.

Forten was a free African-American boy who served the war effort at sea on a similar privateer ship. Historian R. Scott Stephenson says he “represents a founding generation” that spanned ethnicities, backgrounds and ages. Forten became a wealthy Philadelphia businessman.

The museum is set to open in April.

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