Boston is no stranger to influential battles. Revolutionary ones in particular.
Today the city’s historical sites host millions of tourists. Wander the Bunker Hill Monument grounds or stroll past the Old North Church. Walk the Freedom Trail. If you’re roaming around the 50-acre Boston Common near its Tremont and Park Street border, look down the road to the Tremont Temple. Abraham Lincoln once spoke there. The first reading in Boston of the Emancipation Proclamation took place there. Charles Dickens read his famous Christmas Carol there.
It was there on March 16, 1885, that religious leader Mary Baker Eddy came face to face with a mostly hostile audience of around 2,500 people. It was a different kind of confrontation and required a different kind of counterattack.