The State Museum of Pennsylvania Image of Penn's Treaty
An Image of Peace: The William Penn Treaty

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Lithophane - William Penn's Treaty with the Indians, c. 1850
Cast negative relief, porcelain paste
8 1/4 x 9 3/4 x 2 1/4
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Meyer P. Potamkin
95.75.74

More than three centuries ago Commonwealth founder William Penn established a "firm league of peace" with Native Americans. His Quaker principles of respect for other people enabled him to establish this peace. Even as harmony turned to discord, legends testifying to Penn's intention of peace survived.