On February 21, 1861, President Abraham Lincoln, journeying to his inaugural, spoke from the balcony of the Continental Hotel, then on this site.
Referring to "the teachings coming forth from that sacred (Independence) hall," he proclaimed:
"May my right hand forget its cunning and my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth if ever I prove false to those teachings"
On the hundredth anniversary, this plaque, dedicated by the Lincoln-Civil War Society of Phila. and the Civil War Centennial Commission of the City of Phila., was erected by the Benjamin Franklin Hotel.
February 21, 1961