Answered By: Deborah Kelley-Milburn
Last Updated: Jul 15, 2015     Views: 303

On the south side of the gate is an inscription from the records of the General Court.

A plaque on the northern side of the Johnson gate contains a quote from New England's First Fruits that reads,

“After God had carried us safe to New England, and had builded our houses, provided necessaries for our livelihood, reared convenient places for God’s worship, and settled the civil government: one of the next things we longed for, and looked after was to advance learning and perpetuate it to posterity; dreading to leave an illiterate ministry to the churches when our present ministers shall lie in the dust.”

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