First Church Roxbury offers the public a unique experience on Marathon Monday Patriot’s Day

Program: THE ROXBURY COLLABORATIVE HOSTS PATRIOTS’ DAY IN ROXBURY
AT THE FIRST CHURCH ROXBURY

Date: April 21, 2014 Marathon Monday
Location:
10 PUTNAM STREET
JOHN EILLOT SQUARE, ROXBURY
FROM 8:00 AM TO 1:00 PM

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Title: “LISTEN MY CHILDREN IN PEACE AND AWE, OF THE MIDNIGHT RIDE OF WILLIAM DAWES…”JOHN HERMANSON”

(From Joyce Stanley, 617 541-4644 )

The Roxbury Collaborative, a coalition of historic and veterans groups, will be celebrating the 239th Anniversary of the start of the War of Independence and the 67th re-enactment of the Historic Ride of William Dawes.

Mr. Dawes was the Roxbury rider who rode from the First Church Roxbury through Norfolk and Middlesex Countries (like Paul Revere) to warn the countryside the British were on the move from Boston Harbor.

The event begins with a community breakfast at the First Church Roxbury Parish House hosted by the First Unitarian Society of West Newton. During the breakfast, The Collaborative presents the Ralph F. Browne, Jr. Unsung Heroes Awards to community residents.

This year’s awards will go to M . Daniel Richardson, a 50 year community activist, Samantha Sadd, Director of the Hawthorne Youth and Community Center, and youth awardees Kaylee McKinnon and Shani Boykin of Pretty Princesses in Brown/ Diamond Girls.

The National Lacers will re-enact the ride to Lexington and Concord after a send-off in poetry and prayer by the community. Before the ride, this year’s Warren I Brown Scholarship awardees will read their essays and receive a check from the Brown-Greene Family, members of the David L. Ramsey/Patrick E Toy Post #8772.

A historic talk will be presented in the First Church by Joyce Stamps on Genealogy. The Roxbury Historical Society and Historic Boston are sponsoring two historic trolley tours around Roxbury led by Roxbury Historical Society member, Rep. Byron Rushing and Thomas Plant. The Dillaway Thomas House, the First Church, and the Shirley Eustis House on Shirley Street will be open for touring. All events are free and open to the public.

ABOUT THE ROXBURY COLLABORATIVE.
The Roxbury Collaborative is a coalition of volunteers, mostly from military or historic groups.

Members include: Ruth Brown and Cheryl Brown-Greene, Ladies Auxiliary of The David l. Ramsey/Patrick E Toy Post; Joyce Stanley, Dudley Square Main Streets; Thomas Plant, Roxbury Highlands Historic Society, Rep. Byron Rushing, Roxbury Historic Society, Marcia Butman Roxbury Historic Society, Lloyd King, Roxbury Action Program; Linda Evans and Rev. Roger Peltier, Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry at the First Church Roxbury, Antonio Menefee and Lisa Cook, DCR/, Dillaway Thomas House, The National Lancers; The 272 Veterans Association; Jumaada Abdal Khallaq Henry Smith, A Nubian Notion, inc.; Rep. Gloria Fox; Janet Fillion, Boston Latin Academy, Benny White, the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Militia Company A Re-enactors; Deborah Thomas, Colored Ladies Christian Relief , Association, Unitarian Universalist Society of West Newton; Ralph Walton, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the First Church; Ret Lt. Paul Hughes and the Madison Park High School JROTC; Paul Keogh, Deputy Commissioner of City of Boston Veterans Services: Kathy Kottaridis, Historic Boston, Anne Bancroft, UUUM, Bill Kuttner, Shirley Eustis House; Cynthia Santos Fletcher, Daughters of the American Revolution, and other friends and supporters.