Dedicated in 1843, this 221-foot obelisk commemorates the Revolution's first major battle. Members of the Bunker Hill Monument Association (BHMA) spent decades raising money to complete the construction of the Monument.
Since its completion, Bostonians have adapted the symbol of the Bunker Hill Monument for their own social and political activism. Boston suffragists recognized it as a symbol of the freedoms they sought, with suffragist Lucy Stone once remarking, “We are still battling for the principle it stands for. My spirit kindles whenever I see that monument. It is our monument.”1 Throughout the 20th century, activists held protests regarding the Vietnam War and civil rights issues around the monument.
Visitors may climb the monument’s 294 steps. A museum across the street has exhibits about the community, monument, and battle.
- "Large-Minded Lucy Stone." The Woman's Journal, October 28, 1893, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, https://iiif.lib.harvard.edu/manifests/view/drs:49673168$348i.