Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Park Street Church, Boston

 Photo by J.T. Lynch

On the corner of Tremont and Park Street, the Park Street Church is a stop on Boston's Freedom Trail.  It was founded 1809.


 Photo by J.T. Lynch

Until 1846, it was the tallest building in the United States.  Its stature, however, was based on other things:  on Pastor Edward Beecher (brother to Harriet Beecher Stowe) who promoted the ideals of Abolition.  To perhaps the most noted abolitionist of his day, William Lloyd Garrison, who spoke out against slavery here.

Photo by J.T. Lynch

It was here the song "My Country 'Tis of Thee" received its first public performance in 1831. How odd, that such a place of tumultuous thought and deed could now provide a quiet corner of tranquility in this otherwise bustling city.

For more on this historic church and its still active congregation, have a look at their website.

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