Concord250 Events

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
1 PM 

Tour meets at North Bridge Lower Lot

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   

https://robbinshouse.org/wp-content/uploads/PatriotsofColor-web.pdf 

 https://www.nps.gov/mima/patriotsofcolor.htm 

https://visitconcord.org/visit/walking-tours/ 


"Enemies to their Country?" Concord Town Meeting, January 10, 1774

Wednesday, January 10, 2024
6 PM- 7 PM
Goodwin Forum Main Library
https://concordlibrary.assabetinteractive.com/calendar/enemies-to-their-country-concord-town-meeting-january-10-1774/

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.

12 Monument Square, Concord, MA, followed by a reception at the Town House, 22 Monument Square.  If you can't be there in person, the event will be live streamed at https://www.youtube.com/live/vlSBkbSZ-7c?feature=share


  • Music
  • Living History
  • Arts and performance
  • Dedication, celebration, and cake
  • Free, open and suitable to all ages!

This is the FIRST Official Event of the Concord 250 Celebration!

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.

Thanks to the kind offer of collaboration and support of people all over Concord, this event will create an opportunity for a celebration of the legacy and importance of the African American story as central the story of the town. This event allows for public visibility and exposure to help more members of the community learn about and honor a history that may be new to them, but is essential for them and their understanding of Concord’s role in securing freedom for all people.

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