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The Independence National Historical Park has withdrawn the review of a draft proposal to rehabilitate Welcome Park in Philadelphia’s Old City neighborhood, which included removing the William Penn statue.
Officials say the preliminary draft proposal — which suggested the permanent removal of Penn’s statue and the Slate Roof House model — had been released prematurely and had not been subject to a complete internal agency review.
Because of this, it is being retracted. No changes to the William Penn statue are planned, according to park authorities.
After the proposal was withdrawn, Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro posted a message on X, formerly known as Twitter, stating that his office had spoken with the Biden Administration about the possible statue removal.
“I’m pleased Welcome Park will remain the rightful home of this William Penn statue – right here in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Penn founded,” said Shapiro.
My team has been in contact with the Biden Administration throughout the day to correct this decision. I’m pleased Welcome Park will remain the rightful home of this William Penn statue — right here in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Penn founded. https://t.co/awSTpcyrNp— Governor Josh Shapiro (@GovernorShapiro) January 8, 2024
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