250th Anniversary of Liberty Tree Protests
August 14 marks the 250th anniversary of the day when a group of Bostonians came together at the site of the “Liberty Tree” to protest Parliament’s enactment of the Stamp Act. The original site of the Liberty Tree is at the corner of Washington and Essex Streets, and during these tumultuous times, 250 years ago, this location bristled as ordinary people called for political change and debated what form the change should take. Revolution 250, a group of historical organizations in Boston, has worked with Medicine Wheel Productions to create 108 copper lanterns modeled on the historic ones that were hung on the Liberty Tree in 1765. Five community groups have decorated the lanterns and, on the evening of August 14, will carry them in an illuminated procession to hang them at the location of the Liberty Tree. Citizens from Boston and beyond are invited to come experience the Liberty Tree and commemorate an event which many consider the first step towards the American Revolution. Follow Revolution 250 on Facebook @ Revolution250 and on Twitter @REV250BOS.
This project is being made possible with support from the Boston National Historical Park, Eastern National, and is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, administrated by the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture.