By Richard Heath
Special to the Gazette
A replica of the statue of Joseph Warren, which stood near Dudley Square from 1904 until 1966, was unveiled at Forest Hills Cemetery by the 6th Masonic District on Oct. 22.
The bronze replica by sculptor Robert Shure was set up on a rock outcrop, which covers the Warren family tomb. Joseph Warren—graduate of Roxbury Latin School, physician, mason and Revolutionary War leader—was killed at the Battle of Bunker Hill on June 17, 1775. He was first buried on the battlefield and moved to two other locations before being removed to the family lot in 1853, five years after Forest Hills Cemetery was opened.
Funded by the 12 lodges in the 6th Masonic District, the 90-minute dedication attended by several hundred masons and their families included the Masonic carpet ceremony and a welcoming address by Forest Hills Cemetery board chairman Erling “Bud” Hansen.
The procession was then led by a color guard of the 182nd Infantry Regiment National Guard to the Warren tomb for the unveiling by 6th Masonic District Most Worshipful Henry J Waugh.
Shure cast the replica from the original by Paul H. Barrett, which was removed to he Roxbury Latin School in 1969. “It’s a replica, but smaller in size, so it’s different is some