Join us for the dedication of The Cora Wilburn Bridge and The Lewis Sisters Bridge in Duxbury. A joint ceremony will be held Wednesday, October 12 at 10:30am at the Duxbury Senior Center. All are welcome. We will have some special guests joining us to help make these dedications and share more about our honorees. (See brief summary below). Light refreshments will be served. Thank you to the Duxbury Rural and Historical Society for the kind research assistance.
An Act designating a certain bridge in the town of Duxbury as the Cora Wilburn Bridge
Bridge D-14-009(49Q) on Congress Street spanning Route 3 in Duxbury shall be designated and known as the Cora Wilburn Bridge, in honor of Cora Wilburn, a poet, essayist and author recognized as one of the most prolific Jewish American women writers of her time. Wilburn, who was born Henrietta Pulfermacher, emigrated to the United States in 1848 after stints in France and Venezuela. She overcame many challenges before launching her career and her writings show her to have been a staunch advocate of social justice who gave a voice to the impoverished. Her autobiographical novel, published serially in 1860, was the first coming-of-age novel to depict the Jewish community in the United States. Wilburn spent her later years in Duxbury and died on December 4, 1906, at the age of 82. Chapter 159 of the Acts of 2022.
An Act designating a certain bridge in the town of Duxbury as the Lewis Sisters Bridge
Bridge D-14-006(AEE) on Tremont Street spanning Route 3 in Duxbury shall be designated and known as The Lewis Sisters Bridge, in honor of Ella Lewis Woodbury, Lillian Mae Lewis Hayes, and Beulah Lewis Fogg. The Lewis Sisters established and operated a residential camp on the Duxbury/Kingston town line known as Camp Twin Oaks. The camp was initially conceived as a residential camp for Boston’s Black youth, offering fresh air and summer activities away from the city. By 1937 it had expanded to become a vacation destination for both children and adults in the Black community, attracting visitors from around the eastern United States. Chapter 156 of the Acts of 2022.