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Granary Burying Ground smartphone app makes history

Courtesy Freedom Trail Foundation

BOSTON — The Freedom Trail Foundation’s new Granary Top 100 app for smartphones, which features 100 notable people buried in the historic Granary Burying Ground on Boston’s Freedom Trail, is the first app dedicated to a New England revolutionary-era burying ground.

“Selected by the roles they played in the development of our nation and available historical data, the top 100 are goldsmiths and mechanics; politicians and painters; writers and preachers; slave dealers; ship owners; merchants; soldiers; and three signers of the Declaration of Independence,” said Suzanne Taylor, Freedom Trail Foundation executive director.

The app features original watercolor illustrations as backdrops for biographies.

Named after the grain storage building formerly located where Park Street Church stands today, the two-acre Granary Burying Ground was first used as a burying site in 1660.

Granary Top 100 is the foundation’s second app featuring historic Freedom Trail sites; both apps are available on iTunes and Android Marketplace.  The Granary Top 100 app costs $1.99, while the Official Freedom Trail App costs $4.99.