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American Artifacts: Old North Church (Part 2)

Old North Church Sanctuary

Old North Church Sanctuary

Boston
Friday, February 22, 2013

Boston's Old North Church is best-known for its steeple, where one night in 1775, patriots hung two lanterns to signal that British troops were moving by water out of Boston -- leading to the first shots of the American Revolutionary War. But the church has other stories to tell – and we’ll hear many in this second part of our visit to Old North Church.

Updated: Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 3:49pm (ET)

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