|Citywide Writing Competition; March 18 Historical Event
A collaboration of Boston's civic groups, led by the South Boston Citizens' Association and the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, announce the Second Annual Evacuation Day Citywide Writing Competition and Historical Event. The Grand Prize in this competition is an internship at Fort Ticonderoga in upstate New York. The fortunate and talented prize winner will go to "Fort Ti" for two weeks this summer, to live and work as an 18th Century soldier.
The competition, which is open to all Boston high school students, requires that each entrant perform historical research and write an original essay on the theme, "Two Hills, Two Generals, Fort Ticonderoga and the Freedom of Boston". The subject matter concerns the events leading up to Evacuation Day.
Fort Hill in Roxbury and Dorchester Heights in South Boston were two key locations on Evacuation Day. Two generals, George Washington and John Thomas, were important figures in the Colonial Army's first victory. Henry Knox (later to become Washington's Major General of Artillery) brought the "Noble Train" of 59 cannons from Fort Ticonderoga to Boston in the winter of 1775-1776. That's the story to be told by the young student essayists.
As a grand climax to this year's writing competition, a historical procession is planned for Saturday, March 18. It will include an original cannon from Fort Ti. The procession will start at Fort Hill in Roxbury, and stop at the First Church in Roxbury, where the winning essay will be read. Several other stops will be made, culminating on Dorchester Heights, the site where the Ticonderoga cannons were emplaced. The Fort Ticonderoga Fife & Drum Corps and the Lexington Minuteman will set the cadence along the way.
Mike Bare says, "This year, we will partner with several civic groups from Dorchester and Roxbury to touch on the Evacuation Day connections between our communities." Bare, who is the President of the South Boston Citizens' Association, notes that he became interested in local Revolutionary War history when he entered the same Essay Competition 40 years ago.
For more information on the Writing Competition and the March 18 Historical Event, log onto www.evacuationday.com.