By Bernard Trubowitz
In 293 years of history, countless people have walked the aisles of the Old North Church, and it can be a daunting task to pick even a few of their stories. So for this past month, we’ve asked you to tell us some of your favorite figures from our history and why. While the overwhelming number of responses referenced Paul Revere, there were many other people whom you chose instead!
Here are some of the responses other than Paul Revere you added to the Sounding Board:
- “Thomas Johnston, who built the organ, the first all-America made. My grandmother loves music and plays the organ.”
- “Longfellow, as he is a fellow writer. –Luna”
- “Mon personnage préféré est George Washington parce qu’il était un homme bon.” (“My favorite character is George Washington because he was a good man.”)
- “Thomas J. Gruchy because even though he was not a great guy, (he) donated to church and gave gifts (even though they were stolen).”
- “Elizebeth Humphries because she had her children were the first black children baptized here (sic).”
- “Robert Newman who hung the lanterns, raised the alarm, and went back to bed.”
- “The man who hung the lanterns. I love that, though we think it was Newman, we don’t know for sure. Liberty is saved by hundreds & thousands who go unknown to most – even today.”
- “William Rideout (booth 43) because he is one of my ancestors. (ᵔ‿ᵔ) “
This month, since we asked about your favorite person, we’d like to hear your thoughts on what object(s) in the Old North you find most fascinating?
This is the new Sounding Board question this month; see if you can spot the board in its new location and leave us your answer! As usual, we will collect your replies at the end of the month and post them here online.
Leave your comments below!