On the evening of April 18, 1775, when the church sexton, Robert Newman, and Vestryman Capt. John Pulling, Jr. climbed the steeple and held high two lanterns as a signal for Paul Revere that the British were marching to Lexington and Concord by sea across the Charles River and not by land. This fateful event ignited the American Revolution. In 1775, on the eve of Revolution, the majority of the congregation were loyal to the British King and many held official positions in the royal government, including the Governor of Massachusetts, making Robert Newman’s loyalty to the Patriot cause even more extraordinary. The King gave the Old North Church its silver that was used at services and a bible. Each year over 150,000 visitors come to this site to experience the unique and stirring monument of liberty. The church’s first organ was installed at Old North in 1736. In 1759, the church commissioned Thomas Johnson to install a new organ. The instrument has been rebuilt several times, but a number of components from the Johnson era remain. In order to restore the church numerous things have been done over the years. One of them was to refurbish the original organ. This is a token created to help finance one of the repairs to the organ. It is made from metal from the organ at this church.