At 10 a.m., on Saturday morning Livingston County 4-Hers will plant the Livingston County Liberty Tree at the county courthouse.

“The Missouri 4-H Foundation, in partnership with Crader Distributing and local STIHL dealers, is launching a unique opportunity for 4-H clubs throughout Missouri,” Shaun Murphy, Livingston County 4-H community engagement specialist said. “ As part of a service-learning initiative, Missouri 4-H clubs will have the opportunity to plant Liberty Trees in communities throughout the state.”

The original Liberty Tree was a famous elm tree that stood near Boston Common during the Revolutionary era. In 1765, the Sons of Liberty, a group of American colonists, staged the first act of defiance against British rule under the tree. This spawned the resistance that eventually led to the American Revolutionary War. During the war, several other towns designated their own Liberty Trees as support for the resistance spread throughout the colonies. These trees became symbols of American independence. The last original Liberty Tree, a Tulip Poplar, stood on the grounds of St. John's College in Maryland until 1999 when it died during Hurricane Floyd. Prior to its death, 14 seedlings were successfully germinated from the tree through a project spearheaded by the nonprofit conservation organization American Forests. These seedlings were planted throughout the original 13 colonies.

Bud-grafted trees have been donated to Missouri 4-H clubs to be planted in public spaces throughout Missouri.

“Join us Saturday, Nov.2, to celebrate our independence and plant our own Livingston County Liberty Tree,” Murphy said.