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04/08/2011

Who's buried in Laurel Hill Cemetery? PCP Luminaries.

The Library Company of Philadelphia is currently featuring an exhibit about Laurel Hill Cemetery.

So what’s the big deal?

The cemetery was established in 1836 by Library Company librarian John Jay Smith, China merchant Nathan Dunn, and druggist Frederick Brown.

You guessed it. Frederick Brown was no ordinary druggist; he was one of the 68 founders of the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. After completing an apprenticeship with Charles Marshall (PCP’s co-founder and first President), Brown opened a store at Fifth & Market streets and at PCP’s first meeting on February 23, 1821, he joined the Committee on Plan which proposed the establishment of the college and drafted the original constitution. Brown subsequently served on the first Board of Trustees.

His son Frederick Brown, Jr., graduated from PCP in 1861 and later became President of Laurel Hill Cemetery. Other PCP luminaries buried at Laurel Hill include founders Henry Troth and Peter Williamson and photographer Frederick Gutekunst (P’1853) - to name just a few.

The online exhibit can be seen here:

http://www.librarycompany.org/laurelhill/index.htm 

Or you can visit the exhibit in person at: The Library Company of Philadelphia, 1314 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA. Gallery Hours: Monday thru Friday: 9:00 A.M. - 4:45 P.M. Admission is Free but the exhibit closes on April 29.

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Exploring the cemetery can be compared to visiting a museum. As we drop by, we see how the dead were respected by their loved ones through the statues and tombstones.

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