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Episode Info: Hooker Day was a one-time holiday celebrated in Boston in 1903. While it might sound like this is going to be an X-rated podcast, we’re not talking about that kind of hooker. Civil War General Joseph “Fighting Joe” Hooker was briefly the commander of the main Union force called the Army of the Potomac. Forty years after his command, he was immortalized with a massive statue in front of our State House. When the statue was dedicated, the entire city celebrated a holiday that was called Hooker Day in his honor. Please support us on Patreon and check out the full show notes at: Hooker Day Hooker mounted in 1903 Master Joseph Hooker Wood and the sculptors Route of the parade Recalling Hooker’s glory days The State House decked out in bunting with a shrouded statue Ready for the unveiling Legislation authorizing the erection of a statue of General Hooker at the State House. Proceedings of the Boston City Council as they prepared for Hooker Day. The program from the dedication ceremonies for the statue. Coverage from the Boston Post on June 24 and June 26. A nice article from the Las Vegas Daily Optic, right next to their coverage of a Harvard-Yale crew race. The Washington DC Evening Star covered the parade. The Daily Times of Barre, VT had a story. Boston Globe articles from June 21, June 22, June 24, June 25, and June 26. Even the newsletter of the Concord Reformatory for Boys published an article about Hooker Day. Representative Michelle DuBois puts her foot in it, and tries to clarify. Boston Book Club At the end of May, The Smithsonian announced an outstanding acquisition made by the Boston Athenaeum. In a private sale from an antiques dealer, they purchased two leather bound photo albums which contained a total of 87 portraits. The article describes them as “a veritable “Who’s Who” of 19th-century Black Boston dressed to the nines in Victorian finery. The images bring to life politicians, military officers, literary figures, financiers, abolitionists and children, formally posed in opulent studio settings and gazing with great dignity directly at the camera.” They belonged to Harriet Hayden, an African American woman who, along with her husband Lewis, escaped slavery to become a major figure on Boston’s underground railroad. The opening of the article describes one of the portraits: With a quiet, unflinching confidence, Virginia L. Molyneaux Hewlett Douglass posed for the photographer, one slender hand rustling the pleats of her fine silk dress. Although portraits were trendy and accessible in the 1860s when hers was shot, hand-colored photographs were a luxury, and this one is saturated with shades of emerald and lilac, underlining Virginia’s wealth and high social standing as the wife of Frederick Douglass, Jr., son of the celebrated abolitionist. H...
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