I remember well the statue of Dr. Joseph Warren, greeting the boys at my Roxbury Latin School. At the time, I took the statue as simply part of the furniture of the school, sometimes noticing it but many other times passing it by. In doing a little research about it now, I’ve learned that the early twentieth statue has some artistic importance, and that there is some controversy about whether it should be moved to a more public site. I’ve also learned that Warren was a prominent advocate for religious toleration in the early republic.
Here is a new biography of this important but neglected figure: Founding Martyr: The Life and Death of Dr. Joseph Warren, The American Revolution’s Lost Hero, by Christian Di Spigna (Penguin Random House).