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Join the "Rocking the Cradle" Town Meeting

Interior of a large hall with a man speaking to a sitting audience of children.
During this Town Meeting, explore the debates of a town meeting following Anthony Burns' arrest.

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In May of 1854 Federal Marshals arrested Anthony Burns under the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law. Immediately following Burns’ arrest, Bostonians gathered at Faneuil Hall to discuss whether they would abide by this federal law or appeal to a higher law of freedom and liberty for all. The eyes of the nation were firmly fixed upon Boston.

Join National Parks of Boston Rangers as we recreate this historic meeting through an interactive program.

This program lasts approximately 30minutes to 1hour in the Great Hall of Faneuil Hall. Available for grades 5-12.


Due to COVID-19, the Park is currently offering virtual Rocking the Cradle Town Meeting programs for groups of 10 or more people. Please contact us for more information. This program is subject to availability and staffing.

Details

This program is designed for ages 10 and older.

Service animals are allowed inside Faneuil Hall.

Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.

Reservations are not normally required to attend this program. Due to COVID-19, we are offering a virtual version of the Rocking the Cradle Town Meeting. We request you contact us to arrange a program for a group of 10 or more people.

Normally, we run the Rocking the Cradle Town Meeting program on special weekends during the summer. Due to COVID-19, we are offering a virtual version of the Rocking the Cradle Town Meeting. We request you contact us to arrange a program for a group of 10 or more people.

Normally, we run the Rocking the Cradle Town Meeting program on special weekends during the summer. Please check our calendar for specific dates and times.

Accessibility Information

Service animals are allowed inside Faneuil Hall.

The first floor of Faneuil Hall has an elevator to the second floor, where the Great Hall is located.

Last updated: March 10, 2021