You may recall that Albert Southwick has previously discussed Higginson in columns, including one last month. [Click here first for access to Southwick columns.] In addition to being a captain in the 51st Massachusetts Infantry, Higginson was the first person in Worcester to publicly display a Christmas tree [in 1852], promoted the wearing of bloomers by women, spoke at the opening of the Damon Memorial (which houses the Gale Free Public Library in Holden), was a gun-runner to free soilers in Kansas, and was a mentor to Emily Dickinson.
“Worcester has never seen anything quite comparable” to the career of the Rev. Thomas Wentworth Higginson indeed!