115 Bonnie Silverman


After living in Chicago for many years, I moved back to my native Philadelphia in early 1987. Little did I know that barely six months later, the statue of William Penn was to be released from one year of scaffolding and the restoration of City Hall tower would be completed. My mother, Gert, was visiting from Florida at the time.  She still loved her native city Philadelphia, so I took her with me to see the unveiling of William Penn’s statue.  What an exciting moment!  We laughed and screamed along with the throngs of people who came out for this historic event. Many years later, I found the “Free William Penn” button in mom’s collection of artifacts.  When I think of all of the wonderful times I spent with my mother, particularly in her later years, it is so meaningful that we shared this precious moment in Philadelphia history.