Each July 4, as night falls, the Roslindale neighbors who live near Peters Hill in Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum walk to the top. Someone brings a radio, and they listen to the Boston Pops Orchestra play the “1812 Overture” while they watch the fireworks burst brilliantly over the Charles River. Near the base of the hill, among tall trees and along narrow dirt paths, lies a little-known cemetery containing the remains of veterans of the American Revolution and early settlers — an ideal place for pondering the meaning of the nation’s birthday.The little cemetery, hidden at the far end of the 265-acre Arboretum, holds several headstones and a crypt and was once part of the Walter Street “Berrying” Ground. The “Jamaica End” settlers of the early 1700s belonged to the distant Roxbury town church on Meeting House Hill. The long walk to services was especially difficult during the cold winters, so a group of 44 petitioned to establish a second parish. In 1711 when their petition was ignored, they quietly broke away. Alongside their Walter Street church they built the cemetery, now part of the Arboretum, which was established in 1872.Under giant Hawthorn trees are the crude, chipping headstones etched with old New England names like Baker, Weld, and Child. The epitaph on the stone of Capt. John Baker underscores the importance of religion to the early Americans. The inscription reads, “Life is uncertain, Death is sure, Sin is the wound, Christ is the cure.” One of the earliest markers is a double headstone for Grace and Benjamin Child, husband and wife. Nearby is the stone marking Benjamin’s brother, Joshua, whose wife Elizabeth is also buried in the area. (According to the 1961 edition of the Arboretum publication “Arnoldia,” Joshua and Benjamin were brothers, born a year apart and baptized the same day, and Elizabeth and Grace were sisters. Each couple had 12 children.)Around 1902, when the city of Boston was widening Walter Street, workers found 28 other bodies. A marker above the sidewalk reads, “In memory of Soldiers of the Revolution who died in the hospitals at Jamaica Plain and were buried in this lot. 1775-1776.” One account is that the soldiers were killed fighting in the Revolution; another is that they died from smallpox while stationed at nearby Loring-Greenough House, which had been converted to a hospital.The ancient burial site is a hidden space within a hidden space, far afield from the main Harvard campus. Arnold Arboretum is the second-to last-link in Boston’s Emerald Necklace, a series of connected parks. The views of Boston from this southernmost tip of the park are remarkable. So are the stories of those buried in the tiny cemetery. Remains of the day The remains of 28 Revolutionary War soldiers were discovered in this area around 1902 and a marker was erected at the base of Peters Hill in remembrance. Sacred spot The ancient burial site is a hidden space within a hidden space, far afield from the main Harvard campus. Age of leniency An aging headstone no longer stands at attention, finally permitted some leniency. Walk this way A narrow and natural pathway borders the burial site. Hidden Spaces is part of a series about lesser-known spaces at Harvard. Photos by Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer Side by side Grace and Benjamin Child, husband and wife who died just over a year apart in the 1790s, are buried side by side under a double headstone on Peters Hill. From hill to orchard A large expanse of lawn at the top of Peters Hill dips down to an apple orchard. Path to paradise The pathway from Walter Street at the entrance to Peters Hill in Harvard University’s Arnold Arboretum leads to an 18th-century burial ground of early settlers and Revolutionary War soldiers. ‘Rev. War’ The weathered stone of Capt. Jonathan Hall is decorated with a small contemporary American flag and a 1776 commemorative marker. Hall fought against the British and the words “Rev. War” are crudely engraved on his stone. Words of wisdom In 1776, Hannah Baker, who lived until the age of 95, was buried beside her husband, John, who had died at the age of 83. His epitaph reads: “Life is uncertain. Death is sure. Sin is the wound. Christ is the cure.” Wooden frame Trees frame two aged markers at the 18th-century burial site on Peters Hill. Dog days Dogs and people share the grassy lawn on Peters Hill where early settlers are laid to rest. Hidden Spaces: Arboretum cemetery Setting sun The sun sets through the trees on Peters Hill in Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum.
RelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Odion Ighalo has revealed all about a message of support he received from compatriot Nwankwo Kanu after he made his loan move to Manchester United.Ighalo’s loan from Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua on deadline day in January did not initially go down well with most critics deeming his arrival as a panic move.The Red Devils had been linked with several other higher profile striking targets throughout that month but had been unable to deliver on any of them.But the Nigerian made an instant impact after joining and has gone on to prove his worth for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.The 30-year-old bagged four goals in all competitions before the season was suspended due to the coronavirus crisis, including a stunning strike in the Europa League against LASK.There are now reports that the former Watford man could make a permanent switch to Old Trafford and the striker has revealed that Kanu gave him some useful advice that helped him seize his opportunity.“He sent me a congratulations message when I signed for Man United and he just advised me to keep working hard,” Ighalo said.“He said I’m going to surprise so many people that didn’t give me the benefit of the doubt of coming into that team.“He said that he saw me doing well there, but I should work hard and believe in myself – don’t let talk from other people distract me. So it’s a good one.”Speaking about the pressures of playing for a club like United, Ighalo continued: “Manchester United is a big club, there will always be pressure to do well.“They want to win every game, they want to contest for every title, they want to do well and especially we want to end this season in the first four to qualify for the Champions League.“Trying to win the Europa League, the FA Cup is there. So you feel that little bit of pressure, ‘this game we have to win’.”Ighalo’s loan stay at Old Trafford is due to expire at the end of May and Shanghai are believed to be playing hardball over renewal talks, insisting that United will need to pay around £15 million to keep the forward. Tags: Manchester UnitedNwankwo KanuOdion Ighalo
Update on the latest sports Officials say nothing can move ahead until those dates are worked out by the International Olympic Committee, the Japanese government and Tokyo organizers. That was the message from the CEO to his senior leadership team as they met for the first time to find a way forward.Toshiro Muto says “we must decide this soon otherwise it will be hard to decide on other things to follow.” The Tokyo Olympics were to open in four months but they were postponed until next year because of the coronavirus pandemic.TRANSGENDER ATHLETES-HIGH SCHOOLUS Justice Department: Don’t treat trans athletes as girlsHARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department is getting involved in a federal civil rights lawsuit that seeks to block transgender athletes in Connecticut from competing as girls in interscholastic sports. — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has instructed the 32 teams to close their facilities to all but a select few employees until at least April 8. In a memo to the teams, Goodell says the restrictions are meant as a safeguard against the new coronavirus, and after two weeks will be re-evaluated, using advice from medical experts and health authorities. The few exceptions include trainers and doctors treating players, security and technology personnel.— The NHL’s chief medical officer expects the coronavirus pandemic to get worse before it gets better in North America. The officer says it is difficult to predict when cases of COVID-19 might peak or decrease. That uncertainty makes it unclear when players might be able to get back on the ice in small groups, let alone when games might resume. Deputy commissioner Bill Daly believes it’s too early to know whether fans would be allowed in whenever hockey is back.— The NHL has announced that it is postponing the scouting combine, the league awards ceremony and the draft due to the ongoing uncertainly resulting from the coronavirus. All three events were scheduled to be held in June, an impossibility if the league resumes its regular season and holds a full playoff schedule. The NHL added that the draft and draft lottery will be announced when plans are finalized.— The Kontinental Hockey League has given up on trying to reschedule its playoffs and canceled the remainder of the season. The Russia-based KHL is widely considered to be the strongest league outside the NHL. It was due to play its conference semifinals when play was suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak.— The Boston Bruins say they are putting 68 full-time employees on temporary leave and cutting the pay of 82 others who work for the team or Delaware North, which owns the TD Garden. The Bruins call the moves “temporary business stabilization measures” and go into effect April 1. The Bruins were the last team in the NHL to offer help to gameday employees who lost work because of the coronavirus pandemic — and then only if postponed games aren’t made up. The team is owned by Hockey Hall of Famer Jeremy Jacobs. Forbes Magazine estimates the Jacobs family is worth $3.3 billion. UNDATED (AP) — A day after postponing the Tokyo Olympics, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach is invoking comments by President Donald Trump to defend himself from criticism.Bach spoke to about 400 reporters on a conference call and was asked why it took so long to postpone the Tokyo Games amid growing concern among athletes about the coronavirus pandemic. He noted that many governments have imposed social limits only into next month or early May and pointed to Trump’s hope of easing restrictions by mid-April.Bach said “we were in line with these developments” until World Health Organization leaders said Monday that the outbreak was accelerating.The Tokyo Games were scheduled to begin July 24. Several countries last weekend called for the Olympics to be postponed until next year, but the IOC did not decide to push back the games until Tuesday.In other developments news related to the pandemic: Bridgewater inks dealUNDATED (AP) — The Carolina Panthers have officially signed free agent quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to a three-year contract.A person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press last week that the contract is worth $63 million.Bridgewater replaces 2011 No. 1 overall pick Cam Newton, who was released on Tuesday after nine seasons with the team. Bridgewater enters his seventh NFL season after spending four seasons with the Vikings and two with the Saints.Also around the NFL: Associated Press General manager Jim Rutherford says Guentzel has not encountered any setbacks after undergoing shoulder surgery on Dec. 31. Guentzel was expected to need 4 to 6 months to recover, but Rutherford indicated his high-scoring forward is near the front end of the timetable.Guentzel had 20 goals and 43 points in 39 games this season before the injury.TOKYO-NEXT STEPSTokyo Olympics: Looking for a new date for opening, closingTOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympics need new dates for the opening and closing ceremonies in 2021. March 26, 2020 Selected by Buffalo in the 1962 draft, Stratton spent his first 11 seasons with the Bills and finished his career with the 1973 Chargers. He was a three-time All-AFL player and earned second-team AFL All-1960s team honors.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-WASHINGTON STATE-BEEKMANPolice: Washington State safety Bryce Beekman found deadPULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Washington State senior defensive back Bryce Beekman has died.Police in Pullman, Washington, say the 22-year-old was found dead in his apartment by an officer who responded to a call for help involving “breathing problems.” — Major League Soccer has extended its moratorium on team training through April 3 and still wants players to stay in their team’s local market. MLS has targeted May 10 as a potential return date. Team training facilities may be used only for physical therapy purposes at the direction of the team’s medical staff.— The All England Club says it is still evaluating whether to postpone or cancel Wimbledon because of the coronavirus pandemic and plans to make a decision next week. That’s when the club’s main board is scheduled to hold an emergency meeting. Main-draw play at Wimbledon is slated to start June 29 and preparations for the tournament are supposed to begin in late April.— Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns says his mother is hospitalized and in a medically induced coma after contracting the new coronavirus. Towns said both his parents went to the hospital recently and were tested for the disease. While his father was released and told to quarantine at home, his mother’s condition deteriorated to the point where she was put on a ventilator and placed in a coma.— NASCAR says in a memo to teams that one of its employees at Atlanta Motor Speedway two weeks ago has tested positive for the coronavirus. The employee was not identified, and NASCAR said the individual has been receiving medical care and all potentially exposed have been told to self-quarantine. NASCAR was scheduled to race at Atlanta March 15 without spectators. But two days prior to the race, NASCAR postponed Atlanta and last weekend’s race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.— Experts are pointing to a Feb. 19 soccer game as one of the biggest reasons why the Italian city of Bergamo (BEHR’-gah-moh) has become an epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic. On that day a third of the Italian city’s population made the short trip to Milan to watch their team play Spanish club Valencia. Nearly 2,500 fans from Spain also traveled to the match. Two days later, the region’s first case of locally transmitted COVID-19 was reported. More than a third of Valencia’s team eventually became infected following what some are calling “Game Zero.” — The Colts have added another piece to their defense by signing Sheldon Day. Terms of the deal were not immediately available. He’s the second former San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle to join the Colts since free agency opened last week, joining All-Pro DeForest Buckner. Day has played in 56 games over four seasons with Jacksonville and San Francisco.NFL-BILLS-OBITEx-Bill Stratton diesUNDATED (AP) — The Buffalo Bills say former star linebacker Mike Stratton has died due to heart complications stemming from a recent fall. He was 78.Stratton was part of a Bills defense that holds the pro football record of not allowing a touchdown rushing in 17 consecutive games, spanning the 1964-65 seasons. COLLEGE BASKETBALL-TOPPIN-NBAToppin entering NBA draftUNDATED (AP) — Dayton All-American forward Obi Toppin (OH’-bee TAH’-pihn) is entering the NBA draft after leading the Flyers to a 29-2 record and No. 3 ranking as a redshirt sophomore.Toppin led the way in one of Dayton’s greatest seasons, averaging 20 points and 7.5 rebounds. He was a unanimous choice for The Associated Press All-America first team and He beat Iowa’s Luke Garza for AP player of the year honors.NFL-PANTHERS Former teammate Charles Henderson posted on social media that Edwards died of complications from the new coronavirus. The Associated Press couldn’t independently confirm Henderson’s account.Edwards held the single-season school record for assists for more than 25 years. He averaged 13.5 points for the Aggies and is second to Alex Caruso on A&M’s career lists with 602 steals and 228 steals.NHL-PENGUINS-GUENTZELGuentzel progressing nicelyPITTSBURGH (AP) — It’s possible that Pittsburgh Penguins All-Star forward Jake Guentzel (GEHNT’-sul) could return sometime this season if the NHL is able to resume the campaign. — Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins is pitching an idea to help big league teams squeeze in more games once the season resumes. Atkins is floating the prospect of playing seven-inning doubleheaders, allowing MLB to add more games in a condensed season without exhausting pitching staffs. Seven-inning twinbills have long been a staple of minor league baseball.— Injured Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge still hasn’t resumed baseball activities. Judge didn’t play in any spring training games because of discomfort in his right pectoral muscle and shoulder that he felt when swinging. The Yankees said March 6 that the 2017 AL Rookie of the Year had a stress fracture to his first right rib, an injury likely dating from a diving catch late last season. Yankees manager Aaron Boone says Judge will be evaluated again in a few weeks.— Major League Baseball will air 30 games across its digital platforms on Thursday, giving fans plenty of hardball to choose from on an opening day postponed by the coronavirus pandemic. With its season delayed until at least mid-May, MLB will air one memorable game for each franchise on its YouTube, Twitter and Facebook pages.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSIOC chief invokes Trump in defense of Olympic decision Attorney General William Barr signed what is known as a statement of interest Tuesday, arguing against the policy of the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference, the board that oversees the state’s high school athletic competitions.The conference allows athletes to compete as the gender with which they identify, arguing it is following a state law that requires high school students be treated according to their gender identity. It also argues the policy is in accordance with Title IX, the federal law that allows girls equal educational opportunities, including in athletics.The lawsuit was filed in February by three female runners who say they have been deprived of wins, state titles and athletic opportunities by being forced to compete against transgender athletes.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 That’s part of a broad deal being negotiated by the commissioner’s office and the players’ association. A person familiar with the talks told The Associated Press the agreement would credit major leaguers with the same service time this year that they earned in 2019 if there’s no season because of the new coronavirus.Major League Baseball and the union would agree to try to play as many regular season games as possible, the person said. They also would agree to explore one-time changes to the postseason, which would create the possibility of expanded playoffs this year.Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer, Mets hurler Marcus Stroman, Astros outfielder George Springer and Phillies catcher JT Realmuto (ree=al-MOO’-toh) also would be eligible for free agency, even if the season is canceled.In other baseball news:— Commissioner Rob Manfred says the investigation of the Red Sox’s alleged cheating is complete, telling ESPN a verdict will be announced before the start of the season. Manfred’s office looked into Boston’s potential involvement in sign stealing. The Red Sox parted ways with manager and former Astros bench coach Alex Cora in January over his involvement in sign stealing while with Houston. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-NEWSMLB Free agency could happen if season in postponedUNDATED (AP) — Mookie Betts and all the players set to be free agents after the 2020 season would still get that chance if there is no baseball this year. Pullman Police Chief Gary Jenkins says there were no signs of foul play and that the Whitman County coroner will determine the cause of death.Beekman started all 13 games last season for Washington State after transferring from Arizona Western College.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-OBIT-DAVID EDWARDSFormer Texas A&M basketball player David Edwards dead at 48COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Former Texas A&M basketball player David Edwards has died at 48.