May 2 – November 29, 2015
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center, Central Library in Copley Square
The Liberty Tree was a real elm tree that once stood on the corner of today’s Essex and Washington Streets in Boston. Colonists gathered there to protest what they felt were unjust taxes imposed on them by the British Parliament in the years leading up to the American Revolution. Other towns in the American colonies also adopted their own liberty trees, and they became a symbol of protest against British rule.
Visitors are invited to join the conversation and share personal responses to the question “What does liberty mean to you?” Hang a leaf on the Liberty Tree at the Central Library in Copley Square or join the #LibertyTreeBPL conversation on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
This program is presented as part of Revolutionary Boston, a citywide commemoration. To see a full list of programs, visit www.bpl.org/revolution.
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