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Ben Franklin's cracked gravestone repaired in Philadelphia
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Repairs are complete on Benjamin Franklin's damaged gravestone in Philadelphia.
KYW-TV reports (http://cbsloc.al/2rcGshR ) Christ Church will hold an unveiling Tuesday of the repairs on the grave that holds Franklin and his wife, Deborah.
Caretaker John Hopkins says a crack that had developed in the marble slab was pinned and sealed and the granite base fixed to prevent more damage.
The $80,000 repair was paid for largely with grants, a GoFundMe page and pennies visitors have tossed on the grave for years. The coins are a tribute to the adage "A penny saved, is a penny earned," which is often erroneously attributed to Franklin.
Rocker Jon Bon Jovi and his wife donated $5,000 to help fund the repairs.
Franklin, who died in 1790, is one of seven signers of the Declaration of Independence buried across from Independence Mall.