A group of 20 Cape Cod Freemasons journeyed to Jamaica Plain Saturday for the dedication of a statue of General and Doctor Joseph Warren at his gravesite in Forest Hills Cemetery. Presiding at the event was Harvey J. Waugh, Grand Master of Masons in Massachusetts.
Who was General Joseph Warren? He was a contemporary of Benjamin Franklin, Paul Revere, Sam Adams, George Washington and other figures of the American Revolution. Gen. Warren gave his life at the Battle of Bunker Hill on June 17, 1777.
Many historians believe that Joseph Warren may well have been the first President of the United State had he survived the war for independence. Eastham author Janet Uhlar wrote an excellent biography of Gen. Warren in 2009. Liberty's Martyr is available in both hard copy and e-book format.
Gen. Warren was presiding Grand Master of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Massachusetts at the time of his death. Joseph Warren was Master of The Lodge of St. Andrew in Boston at the same time Paul Revere served as Lodge secretary.
Joseph Warren's gravesite was marked by a small stone. Masons in the 6th Masonic District of Massachusetts decided to construct a more suitable monument to this American hero. Today this effort culminated with the dedication of a bronze statue crafted by sculptor Robert Shure of Skylight Studios in Woburn.
Cape Cod Masons traveled by bus to the dedication Saturday morning.