'Who founded New York?" asks one of the experts toward the end of the seventh episode of the local history documentary series Philadelphia: The Great Experiment.
"Who founded Boston or Chicago? The answer is . . . I don't know. Nobody cares. That's the point."
But everyone, from grade-schoolers to pensioners, from East Coast to West, knows who founded Philadelphia: William Penn.
Airing at 7:30 p.m. Thursday on 6ABC (WPVI-TV), the seventh episode of The Great Experiment, titled "In Penn's Shadow (1680-1720)" concerns the founding of the City of Brotherly Love and the man who built it.
It follows Penn from his early days as a Quaker dissenter who was imprisoned in the Tower of London for speaking against religious intolerance. The episode also explores the Quaker ideals of equality Penn tried to infuse into his new city.