St. John's Church

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St. John’s Episcopal Church is the oldest church in Richmond, built in 1741 and giving its name to the Church Hill district. St. John’s was formed from several earlier churches. It was the site of two important conventions in the period leading to the American Revolutionary War, and is most famous as the location where Patrick Henry gave his closing speech at the Second Virginia Convention with the famous quotation “Give me liberty or give me death.”


Benson John Lossing, ed. Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (vol. 10) (New York, NY: Harper and Brothers, 1912)


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