REVOLUTIONARY TALES – BOSTON , MASSACHUSETTS – WALKING ALONG THE FREEDOM TRAIL .

The  five  of  you  have  gotten  off  at  the  Park  Street  T  stop  in  Boston .

You’re  going  to  follow  the  red  brick  road  known  as  the  Freedom  Trail .

The  red  bricks  on  both  sides  of  the  streets  lead  you  to  places  that  have  something  to  do  with  not  only  the  history  of  Boston ,  but  in  a  way ,  the  history  of  the  United  States .

The  first  starting  point  on  the  Freedom  Trail  is  the  Park  Street  Church ,  which  was  founded  in  1809  and  where  a  lot  of  abolitionists  against  slavery  worshipped .

One  of  them ,  William  Lloyd  Garrison ,  preached  against  slavery .

The  song ,  ”  My  Country  Tis  Of  Thee  ” ,  was  first  sung  here .

How  ironic .

The  British  sing  this  song  also .

They  know  it  as  ”  God  Save  The  Queen . ”

As  the  five  of  you  keep  walking ,  you  are  passing  one  of  the  two  cemeteries  along  the  Freedom  Trail .

The  first  one  is  the  Old  Granary  Burying  Ground ,  and  it’s  basically  across  the  street  from  the  Park  Street  Church .

The  gravestones  look  like  a  who’s  who  in  Revolutionary  War  Boston  History .

Paul  Revere ,  John  Hancock ,  Samuel  Adams ,  and  some  victims  of  the  Boston  Massacre  are  all  buried  here .

As  all  of  you  are  walking  towards  Boston  City  Hall ,  one  of  the  girls  points  out  one  of  the  city’s  most  famous  hotels ,  The  Parker  House ,  which  is  now  known  as  the  Omni  Parker  House .

This  is  the  place  where  JFK  announced  that  he  was  running  for  president .

The  last  stop  for  the  day  is  the  second  cemetery  known  as  the  Kings  Chapel  Burial  Ground .

This  cemetery  houses  the  remains  of  people  known  and  unknown  to  some  of  you ,  like  William  Dawes .

”  William  Dawes ?  It  says  that  he  was  one  of  the  Sons  of  Liberty ?  I  don’t  remember  hearing  about  him .  Who  was  he?  , ”  asks  your  girlfriend .

Yes, it’s  the  one  who  kept  cutting  American  History  classes .

The  rest  of  you  have  to  laugh .

”  He  was  the  other  guy  who  rode  with  Paul  Revere .  ” ,  one  of  you  replies .

”  Oh ,  okay . ”

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