Watch: Tourists stumble over Philly’s Revolutionary Era history

Do *you* know where Ben Franklin was born?

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Jordan Gunselman

Sure, pretty much everyone realizes the United States got its start in Philadelphia, but how much do visitors to our Historic District actually know about the characters and icons of the American Revolution?

After spending a day quizzing tourists, it seems the answer is…not so much. They’ve got a handle on the most obvious of details (mostly), like what year the Declaration of Independence was signed, but other facts are stumpers. And really, if you were asked where Ben Franklin was born, could you come up with the right city?

Watch these folks outside the Liberty Bell try to guess their way through our questions, and have a great Fourth of July!

 

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