“We are here today for a noble purpose. We are here to dedicate this park to the whole people — no matter from
what remote land... no matter to what sect or religion they belong...
no matter in what field of labor... however elevated or however humble.
We are here to proclaim equality of rights to all, and to dedicate this
park, now and forever, to the people of this great city.”
Thomas Swann, Druid Hill Park Dedication
October 19, 1860