Project: Marking History
What: Dedication of Knox Trail Marker Interpretive Easel at Roxbury Heritage State Park
When: Saturday, March 13, 2010
• 9:00 am Procession from Fort Hill Roxbury Heritage State Park with Lexington Minutemen and children from Roxbury and South Boston Jointly towing a replica cannon symbolizing the Noble Train of Artillery
• 10:00 am Ceremonies begin with Colonial Music Tribute and Musket Salute; Speaking Program and Presentation
• 10:30 am Refreshments Location TBD
This event is the culmination of other events over the past four(4) years that have raised awareness of both children and adults as to Roxbury, Dorchester and South Boston’s shared history and shared roles in Gen George Washington’s successful evacuation of British Troops from Boston, on March 17, 1776.
Projects such as Two Hills-Two Generals; In the Booksellers Footsteps, and Re-energizing the Knox Trail have gone a long way in joining the three neighborhoods on the last leg of Major General Henry Knox trek from Fort Ticonderoga to Dorchester Heights with a cache of armaments referred to as the Noble Train of Artillery.
In 2008, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for a new Knox Trail Marker, adding to the original 56 erected in 1927, in effort to better interpret the role of Roxbury and one of its most famous Revolutionary War era citizens, General John Thomas. The groundbreaking took place at the Roxbury Heritage State Park, the site of Thomas’ headquarters and home during the siege of Boston. The monument will be installed and dedicated as part of the 2009 Evacuation Day Commemoration.
The story of the monument is a touching one, as it will be presented by the children of South Boston to the children of Roxbury, as a gift, so that both communities may better commemorate their shared history.
Evacuation Day Heritage Committee
Roxbury Heritage State Park South Boston Citizens’ Association
Boston National Historical Park
Discover Roxbury Fort Ticonderoga Association Dillaway-Thomas House
Shirley Eustis Association
Dudley Square Main Streets Fort Hill Civic Association
Discover Roxbury Roxbury Neighborhood Council
Roxbury Historical Society Dorchester Historical Society
South Boston Historical Society
First Church of Roxbury Dorchester Heights Association
Dudley St Neighborhood Initiative