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Old South Meeting House Historical Marker


Location of sign - 310 Washington Street Boston, Massachusetts


Photo taken -  October 2006


Old South Meeting House Historical Marker, Massachusetts

Photo courtesy of Jimmy Wayne


Text of sign:

Old South Meeting House

Best remembered as the site of the tax protests that lead to the Boston Tea Party in 1773, Old South has been the site of religious,

political and social debate for over 300 years.

This brick meeting house was built in 1729 to replace the Cedar Meeting House, which its dissident Puritan congregation had 

outgrown.  Here Benjamin Franklin was baptized and African-American poet Phillis Wheatley worshipped.  In 1876, the venerable

structure was nearly demolished, but Bostonians rallied to rescue Old South.  It was the first instance of historic preservation in

New England.


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