Robert Allison and Julia Mize

Evacuation Day and Dorchester Heights

The British evacuation of Boston on March 17, 1776 was the first American victory in the War for Independence. It is commemorated both by the annual Evacuation Day holiday, and by a monument on Dorchester Heights. This year, the National Park Service will begin a $25 million restoration of the 1902 Monument and the grounds surrounding it, and will bring it back in time for the 250th anniversary of the Revolution. Find out more about Evacuation Day and the Monument in this discussion with historian Robert Allison and Boston National Historical Park Ranger Julia Mize.

Robert Allison ( is a professor of history at Suffolk University, and has written about the Barbary Wars and Stephen Decatur. He is a life trustee of the USS Constitution Museum, president of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, and chairs the Revolution 250 Advisory Committee.

Julia Mize is a ranger at Boston National Historical Park.