Old State House

June 25, 2007

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Circa 1713, Boston, Massachusetts

Beneath this balcony on March 5th 1770, British soldiers fired into a crowd of Bostonians who were taunting them. Five men were killed in what became known as The Boston Massacre. Six years later, on July 18th, 1776, the new Declaration of Independence was first proclaimed from this same balcony and the lion and the unicorn and other symbols of British rule were removed and burned in a bonfire at Dock Square.

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Richard Henry Lee

June 2, 2007

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Richard Henry Lee was born in this Virginia home, Stratford Hall. Lee was appointed to frame the Declaration of Rights of the Colonies, which he introduced before the Continental Congress on June 7, 1776:

“…That these united Colonies are, and ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance from the British crown, and than all political connection between America and State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved…”

On July 2 of 1776, the bill was adopted, officially dissolving all ties with England. Two days later, on July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was ratified and the American Revolution became a reality.

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