The parents of Benjamin Franklin, Josiah and Abiah Franklin, were buried under the Franklin family burial plot along with many others of the Franklin family at the Granary Burial Ground in Boston. Benjamin Franklin erected the obelisk in memorial of his parents who were hardworking soap makers. The epitaph of the monument encourages readers to, “Diligence in thy Calling,
And distrust not Providence.”. The inscription tells readers that if they work hard then God will treat them well in the future.