PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Finishing touches are being put on a new, two-story “Liberty Tree” being constructed in one of the exhibition rooms at the upcoming Museum of the American Revolution.
Scott Stephenson, Vice President of collections, exhibitions and programming at the museum in Old City says the tree is one of their most immersive exhibitions:
“The original Liberty Tree was an elm tree that stood in Boston and in August of 1765, colonists who were protesting the British Parliament’s stamp act gathered around this tree to begin public protests against British taxation and many other towns adopted trees as a gathering place for public protest.”
He says Liberty Trees are an important part of the story of American Revolution, many of them still standing well into the 19th and 20th centuries:
“And the last known Liberty Tree until 1999.”
The museum is scheduled to open in April 2017.