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Here’s your chance to learn more about one of Philadelphia’s top naval heroes: a man whose animated statue at the south side of Independence Square attracts photographers all day, every day; who won the first and last successful battles of the Revolutionary War; and who captured two British transports and the schooner Alert in the Delaware River while the British still controlled the city of Philadelphia – infuriating them enough to ask him to switch sides.

Tim McGrath, an award-winning author who lives in the Philadelphia area, has written two outstanding books that cover Barry’s heroic exploits, plus his latest book, “James Monroe: A Life."

Come hear Philadelphian John Barry come alive on Thursday, March 9 at Historic Gloria Dei (Old Swedes’) Church, Columbus Blvd. and Christian St., in the Queen Village section of Philadelphia. Find out why he was first among captains.

Admission is $10, which includes a drink ticket for a beverage of your choice (alcoholic or non-alcoholic). Advance registration is required.

This program will take place inside the church sanctuary, followed by a reception in Riverside Hall.

For a modest donation, you can taste delicious gourmet desserts paired with wine, coffee or tea.  “John Barry: First Among Captains” is hosted by the Historic Gloria Dei Preservation Corporation. 100% of the funds that we raise from this event will go toward the preservation of Gloria Dei (Old Swedes’) Church and its graveyard.

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