…in 1774, a community in Massachusetts begins flying a new flag:
On Oct. 21, 1774, the Taunton Sons of Liberty raised the first flag of opposition to British rule in the American Colonies. On that day, the Liberty and Union flag flew high above the Taunton Green, and now, almost 238 years to the day of that historic event, the flag was proudly raised above the Green once again…
After the public officials spoke, First Parish Church minister Rev. Christana Wille McKnight read the words of Rev. Caleb Barnum, the minister of First Parish Church in 1774, when the Liberty and Union flag was first raised over Taunton. As McKnight spoke, the flag ascended.
“Born to be free, we spurn the knaves who dare for us the chains of slavery to prepare,” Barnum’s words ended, as read by McKnight. “Steadfast in freedom’s cause, we’ll live and die unawed by statesmen, foes to tyranny. But if oppression brings us to our graves and marks us dead, she never shall mark us slaves.”