Washington, MO

Union 4-H Club Plants Liberty Tree

Union’s Indian Prairie 4-H Club got to plant a very special tree earlier this week.  On Monday members of the club planted a Tulip Poplar sapling at the Veterans Memorial Park in Union as part of the 2017 Liberty Tree Project.  The club was one of only 20 in Missouri to participate in this unique project.  The first Liberty Tree was an elm tree which stood near Boston Common during the Revolutionary era.  In 1765 the Sons of Liberty staged the first act of defiance of British rule under the tree.  This resistance led to the Revolutionary War.  During the war, many towns across the colonies designated their own Liberty Tree in support of the Revolution.  The last of the original Liberty Trees was a Tulip Poplar in Annapolis, Maryland, which died in 1999.  Prior to its death, 14 seedlings were germinated.  The seedlings were then planted throughout the 13 original colonies.  Since then a program has been created to preserve the Liberty Trees.  Through the program a total of 20 of these trees were donated to Missouri 4-H clubs to be planted in public spaces throughout the Show-Me State.


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