The Uncle Sam Memorial Statue, created by sculptor Theodore Cotillo Barbarossa, was installed during the United States Bicentennial in 1976 near Samuel Wilson’s birthplace. It is located near the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Mystic Street adjacent to the Minuteman Bikeway. Samuel Wilson (1766–1854) was recognized by the 87th United States Congress as the official Uncle Sam. Samuel Wilson lived during the events of 1775. Wilson “occasionally acted as courier for clandestine messages” sent to Dr. Joseph Warren, the Committee of Correspondence member who famously sent William Dawes and Paul Revere on their midnight ride on April 18, 1775.