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In the midst of the Civil War in 1863, a large crowd turned out at Grace Church in New York City to witness the wedding of a diminuitive couple, Tom Thumb of Bridgeport, Conn., and Lavinia Warren of Middleborough.
The high-profile ceremony and a hotel reception afterwards that drew 2,000 guests was one of the most celebrated episodes in the eventful career of the two dwarfs, who earned fame as performers through their association with the legendary showman P.T. Barnum.
A century and a half later, the memory of Lavinia Warren and Tom Thumb remains alive in Middleborough, where Warren grew up and where the couple — when they were not on the road — resided for a good part of their 20-year marriage.