In August 2020, local group LexChat - Community Conversation offered Lexington Historical Society a Black Lives Matter flag to fly in front of the Lexington Depot, our headquarters for the last twenty years. We accepted, excited to show our support for our Black members, neighbors, and friends . . . and to prove that our then-recently-published racial equity statement was not just words.
On June 28 of this year, we will relocate the BLM flag temporarily to honor our annual tradition of hanging a large-scale American flag in front of the building around Independence Day. This year, the flag has particular poignance in the face of so many Americans lost to the twin epidemics of COVID-19 and systemic racism.
On July 4, we will gather as a community on the lawn between Buckman Tavern and the Visitor’s Center, nearly on top of the spot where the American experiment began. We’ll hear the words that declare “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
On July 5, we will meet members of LexChat to raise a newly donated BLM flag and renew our commitment to the words in the Declaration and the words on the flag. Black Lives Matter. We would be untrue to generations of brave Americans if we believed otherwise.
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