Concord250 in collaboration with Minute Man National Historical Park , The Robbins House and the Concord Visitors Center launches this new walking tour .
In celebration of Black History Month this inaugural tour will be free to the public and all ages are welcome.
A Fight for Freedom: Patriots of Color Walking Tour
Thursday, February 22, 2024
Between twenty and forty colonists who fought along the Battle Road on April 19, 1775, were of African descent or Indigenous . Although excluded from required militia service prior to the war, these individuals of color were the first of many to take up arms between 1775 and 1783.
By the end of the conflict, an estimated 5,500 African and Indigenous men served on the colonial side. Unfortunately, systemic racism and historical bias have erased or buried many records of Black and Indigenous people who played a prominent role in the founding of the United States.
In this 90 minute walking tour we will examine the known history and stories of these Patriots of Color who fought for freedom locally both during the American Revolution and beyond. Minuteman National Park , Robbins House and Concord Visitors Center staff will lead this tour examining the the incredible stories of the individuals who risked everything during their struggle for liberty, equality, and freedom for all.
In celebration of Black History Month the tour is being offered free of charge .
Tour meets at the North Bridge Lower Lot at 1pm on THU Feb 22. All ages are welcome
This walking tour is co sponsored by Minuteman National Park, The Robbins House, and The Concord Visitors Center as a Concord250 Event
"Enemies to their Country?" Concord Town Meeting, January 10, 1774
Wednesday, January 10, 2024
6 PM- 7 PM
Goodwin Forum Main Library
250 years ago, in the wake of the now famous Dec 16, 1773 “Boston Tea Party,” the people of Concord took steps that would lead them down a dangerous path toward rebellion. On January 10, 1774, Concord took up an article in town meeting to write a response to a letter from the Boston Committee of Correspondence that warned about the evils of the new Tea Act and the need to resist “in a most zealous and determined manner...” In the same meeting, those in attendance also considered an article “not to consume any tea in our respective families – and if agreed to – then to see if the town will adjudge those who will afterwards sell or use any tea in their families as enemies to their country...”
What did they mean by using the word “enemies”?
What would such a measure do to their community?
Join Minute Man NPS Rangers as they unpack this significant moment on the evening of the event 250 years ago . They will lead an interactive discussion about responses to dissent and disagreement at times of political crisis and explore the nature of protest in American History.
Co-Sponsored By Town of Concord 250 Events, Minute Man National Historical Park, the Friends of Minute Man National Park, and The Concord Free Public Library.
Registration is recommended but not required. This event is appropriate for ages 12 and up.
Ellen Garrison Day - Friday, April 14, 2023
The Concord Select Board declared April 14, 2023, "Ellen Garrison Day" to honor the contributions of Concord resident Ellen Garrison. Ellen was born on April 14, 1823 in Concord, the granddaughter of Patriot of Color, Ceasar Robbins. Ellen lived a life dedicated to the struggle for civil rights until her passing in an anti-slavery community in Pasadena, California, where she is buried alongside other anti-slavery activists.
Learn about Ellen and her life of activism by clicking on the proclamation and join to community for a celebration in her honor on Friday, April 14, 2023.
"Stand up for Ellen" Friday, April 14, 2023 at 6 p.m.
- Living History
- Arts and performance
- Dedication, celebration, and cake
For the first time in 200 years, on April 14, 2023, Concord will publicly honor and celebrate the birth of one of its most inspirational daughters, Ellen Garrison and showcase the 1841 visit of Frederick Douglass to Concord!
Presented by Robbins House and is the first event of Concord 250 celebration. Free and suitable for all ages. Located at Holy Family Church and Concord Town House.