Memorial dedication to the city’s Civil War leader, General Pickett, held Sunday at Rockland Trust Plaza

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WORCESTER — City officials gathered at the Rockland Trust Plaza on Sunday morning to dedicate a permanent memorial to General Josiah Pickett, a Civil War leader and longtime Worcester official.

With Civil War Union soldier re-enactor Kevin Tucker telling Pickett’s story, the official dedication of the General Josiah Pickett Memorial Grove took place in the Green Street plaza.

The memorial is part of Rockland Trust Plaza, an outdoor space at 45 Green St. that connects Polar Park to downtown activity and the Canal District.

The plaza was once known as General Pickett Plaza in honor of General Josiah Pickett, a Worcester native of the 25th Massachusetts Civil War regiment and former postmaster of the city. The planning board in February 2021 approved the design for the new plaza and after partnering with the Rockland Trust bank, the plaza is now known publicly as Rockland Trust Plaza.

The official dedication of the General Josiah Pickett Memorial Grove took place Sunday at the Rockland Trust Plaza near Green Street.

The city plans to schedule programs at the plaza, including food trucks, live performances and small events.

The square also has a water fountain designed as a tribute to the Blackstone Canal. The fountain has a large stone atop a replica channel with water flowing from the stone and down a series of small falls with Polar Park clearly visible behind the plaza.

The official dedication of the General Josiah Pickett Memorial Grove took place Sunday at the Rockland Trust Plaza near Green Street.
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