Going into the Fifth Week and Juneteenth

Monday, June 22 2020 Written by

Hello everyone! 

Self-quarantine is over!!! It has been over for over two weeks. I was so excited to finally be out in the field. I am finally able to look at a couple of different invasive species and tell them apart. It finally all doesn’t look the same to me. I'm always amazed when looking at parks/green spaces and find out that what I used to think was native is actually not. The picture for this blog post mostly has invasive species that was on a site at the North Bridge (if you would have told me a month ago that those are all native species, you could have fooled me). Since we're talking about invasive species, that site also contained an invasive species called catchweed bedstraw (picture below and identified using inaturalist). This plant was found in a section of the park that is called sergeant field and is a wetland area. This place used to be a farm that included Elisha Jones’s house. Quick bit of history and lore on Elisha Jones house!

“When Thomas Jones died in 1774, his son Elisha inherited all of his property. In April 19, 1775, a day when Elisha Jones, his wife Elizabeth, and two young children at the time were living near the North Bridge when fighting broke out. According to legend, Elisha was watching the British retreat from the North Bridge when one of them took a shot at him; the bullet lodged in the shed. The hole can still be seen today, though whether or not it came from a bullet is up for debate” (source: https://npplan.com/parks-by-state/massachusetts-national-parks/minute-man-national-historical-park-park-at-a-glance/minute-man-national-historical-park-historical-homes/minute-man-national-historical-park-elisha-jones-house/)


Back to the bedstraw, I found out that this flowering plant (bedstraw) was used for filling in mattresses that the soldiers used when coming to America (which is why it is called bedstraw).There are other species of bedstraw such as sweet-scented bedstraw (G. odoratum) that is used in perfumes and sachets and for flavoring beverages. Lady’s bedstraw (G. verum), is used in Europe to curdle milk and to color cheese. (source: https://www.britannica.com/plant/bedstraw



“Juneteenth today, celebrates African American freedom and achievement, while encouraging continuous self-development and respect for all cultures”


Juneteenth recently just passed; I was not sure how to include this in my post. In fact, I didn’t know about the exact details until the last couple of years. So, if you also don’t know exactly what this celebration is about. I will include some facts below (link of these sources will be below as well as some videos on the topic):

  • Two years after the emancipation proclamation (passed in 1863) Juneteenth is the anniversary of June 19,1865, the day that 200,000 Texan slaves found out they were freed by the Emancipation Proclamation. They were the last slaves to find out.
  • Major General Gordon Granger and his Union soldiers delivered the news to the slaves and after that day it became a tradition for African Americans to celebrate freedom.
  • Gen. Gordon Granger issued General Order Number 3:
    • "The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor. The freedmen are advised to remain quietly at their present homes and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts and that they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere.”
  • The Juneteenth flag with its rectangle and five-pointed star serves as a reminder that slavery was made illegal.
  • 41 other states and the District of Columbia have recognized Juneteenth as a state holiday or holiday observance, including Rhode Island earlier this year. 

Sources & video: http://www.juneteenth.com/history.htm,https://naacp.org/latest/juneteenth-education-is-freedom/https://www.pbs.org/wnet/african-americans-many-rivers-to-cross/history/what-is-juneteenth/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=He0dxbINs7Mhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iu6ntwHws5g

If you choose not to watch any of the videos above, please consider watching these two:


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