The Old North Church recently hosted the Eliot School eighth graders to clean the brass plaques inside the church as part of their service project.

The students also participated in a program called Sacred Seats: Social Implications of Colonial Church Seating. This program taught the Eliot students about pew ownership in the 18th century. They looked into issues of identity, discrimination, power, and place by examining primary source materials in Old North archives.

A discussion followed in which students looked at case studies of women and black congregants and considered the parallels of social implications today.

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On Friday, June 14, the Eliot School eighth graders will celebrate the eleventh annual 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony at Old North at 8:45 a.m. A keynote address will be given by District One City Councilor Lydia Edwards.

Photos courtesy of the Eliot School.

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