• Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken traveled on October 19, 2022, to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

  • In Philadelphia, the Secretary, accompanied by Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs Douglass Benning, participated in the grand opening for the new Philadelphia Passport Agency and unveiled a mural honoring Robert N.C. Nix, Sr., the first African American to represent Pennsylvania in Congress and the namesake of the building. While at the Philadelphia Passport Agency, Secretary Blinken delivered remarks and administered the Oath of Allegiance at a naturalization ceremony, celebrating new U.S. citizens. The Secretary also observed the new U.S. passport facility operations and met with Department staff.

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