During the 1850s and into the Civil War years, the intellectual community in Massachusetts became very active in pushing for the abolition of slavery, lobbying Lincoln and congressional leaders, and using their talents to educate the general public. Concord’s Ralph Waldo Emerson, the widely influential essayist and poet, had avoided any activism in his early years, even though he opposed slavery.
2015 Grant Cycle
Due to the FY 15 state budget deficit of approximately $329M, the FY15 Grant Cycle for Civil War Memorials is suspended indefinitely.
Commission agendas and minutes may be found by accessing the archived notice of meeting (usually the first Tuesday of the month.)