The Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, Revolution 250, and the Grand Lodge of Masons is partnering with Forest Hills Cemetery to place commemorative markers at the graves of Boston Tea Party Participant Joseph Lovering and Boston Tea Party organizer Dr. Joseph Warren.
The ceremony will take place at:
Forest Hills Cemetery
95 Forest Hills Avenue
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Wednesday November 22nd, 2023
The event is free and open to the public.
Dr. Joseph Warren will be receiving the first of three special markers, indicating him as an “Architect” of the Boston Tea Party.
The ceremony will begin promptly at 11:00 am at the grave of Joseph Lovering, and will then proceed to the grave and memorial to Dr. Joseph Warren. Guests may park along the roads just inside the Main Entrance along Forest Hills Avenue. From there, it will be a 12 minute walk to the grave of Joseph Lovering by following Mulberry Avenue, taking a right onto Red Oak Avenue, and then a right onto White Oak Avenue, where Joseph Lovering’s grave will be in the section on the left. After we place the marker for Joseph Lovering, we will proceed together to the grave of Dr. Joseph Warren together, which will be a 10 minute walk from the grave of Joseph Lovering.
In the event of rain, the speaking program will be moved to Forsyth Chapel, just inside the Main Entrance to Forest Hills, and guests have the option to walk to place markers afterward.
George Milley (President, Forest Hills Cemetery) – Welcome, Opening Remarks on behalf of Forest Hills Cemetery
Evan O’Brien (Creative Manager, Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum) – Remarks on Joseph Lovering, involvement in the Boston Tea Party, and 250th initiatives.
George F. Hamilton (Grand Master, Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts 2023-2025) – Remarks on Dr. Joseph Warren, Freemasonry in the Boston Tea Party.
Jonathan Lane (Executive Director, Revolution 250) – Remarks on Community involvement in the Early Revolution, Revolution 250.
After the speaking program at each grave site, a ceremonial marker will be placed by a costumed interpreter at the grave of Joseph Lovering, and by Grand Master George F. Hamilton at the grave of Dr. Joseph Warren, followed by Amazing Grace, played by a Masonic Piper. There will be time for Photo Opportunities, questions, and interviews following the placement of the marker and piping at the grave of Dr. Joseph Warren. We are pleased to be joined by a Descendant of Dr. Joseph Warren, his 6th great-granddaughter, Sarah Hamilton who will be in attendance, and the Henry Knox Guard, who will present colors at both graves.