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Liberty Tree Plaque

Artist:

Unknown

Location:

630 Washington Street  

Location

630 Washington Street
United States
42° 21' 8.5536" N, 71° 3' 45.4212" W

Neighborhood:

Chinatown

Type:

Memorial Plaque

Year:

Unknown

Medium:

Bronze

Collection:

Funders:

Description:

Boston’s Liberty Tree has its origin in Colonial opposition to the Stamp Act  passed by the British Parliament in 1765.  It was "the unofficial meeting place of the rebellious Bostonians" during the years leading up to the revolution. The site of the original Liberty Tree was near the intersection of Washington and Essex Streets.  In the front third floor window, you can see the bas-relief the Liberty Tree plaque. The words below the tree say, “Sons of Liberty 1766; Independence of their Country 1776.” Today, a large bronze plaque commemorates the tree and the Sons of Liberty who met in its shade.

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