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BUILT IN 1809, THE PARK STREET CHURCH WAS INSPIRED BY CHRISTOPHER WREN’S CHURCH DESIGN IN LONDON

It is in this church that the first American Sunday school took place in 1818.
The 217 foot steeple was one the first landmark that visitors saw approaching Boston.
It is in this church that the first major public statement against slavery was given by William Lloyd Garrison on July 4, 1829.
It is also in this church that the American patriotic song “My country, ‘Tis of Thee” also known as America was born;

Lyric by Samuel Francis Smith
My country, ’tis of thee,
Sweet land of liberty,
Of thee I sing;
Land where my fathers died,
Land of the pilgrims’ pride,
From ev’ry mountainside
Let freedom ring!
My native country, thee,
Land of the noble free,
Thy name I love;
I love thy rocks and rills,
Thy woods and templed hills;
My heart with rapture thrills,
Like that above.

Let music swell the breeze,
And ring from all the trees
Sweet freedom’s song;
Let mortal tongues awake;
Let all that breathe partake;
Let rocks their silence break,
The sound prolong.

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