Independence Hall marks 40th year as UNESCO World Heritage Site

Independence Hall in Philadelphia.
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Global Philadelphia Association hosted Philadelphia's fourth annual World Heritage Day at Independence Hall on Thursday. 

World Heritage Day is a celebration of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and Rob McNeill, chair of the board of the Global Philadelphia Association, explains Independence Hall celebrates 40 years now as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

"It has to do with the importance to humanity. Sites such at Notre Dame, Carthage in Tunisia. I mean, there are a little over a thousand of them now, but in terms of making a significant impact on humanity is what is top of the list in terms of what is important for a World Heritage Site," McNeill said. 

"The fact that this was the birthplace of modern democracy is the fundamental reason why it was designated," GPA executive director Zabeth Teelucksingh said. 

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And in addition to having a World Heritage Site, Philadelphia now celebrates its fourth year as a World Heritage City, one of only two in the United States:

"Philadelphia, San Antonio. That's it," Teelucksingh said.