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Black History Month 2014


There are many interesting and educational things to do across the state during “Black History Month” Just click on the links below for more information.

GREATER BOSTON NORTH OF BOSTON SOUTH OF BOSTON CAPE COD & THE ISLANDS CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS



GREATER BOSTON

African American Meeting House Tour
 – 46 Joy street. 
Daily {except Sundays} 11am-3pm hourly
National Park Service Ranger-led tours allow visitors to walk in the footsteps of Frederick Douglas, William Lloyd Garrison, Maria Stewart and all of the abolitionist leaders who helped bring slavery to an end in this country. The meeting house is an Historic Landmark, recently restored to its 1855 appearance. 617-725-0022

Boston African American NHS

African American Patriots Tour
 – Tales of intrigue and bravery, poetry and defiance by Black Bostonians will unfold during the 90 minute African-American Patriots walking tour offered by the Freedom Trail Foundation. Visit the sites of key important to both the revolution and the Abolitionist movement that led to the Civil War. Led by costumed guides, visitors view history through the eyes of revolutionaries such as Crispus Attucks, Phillis Wheatley, Peter Salem, Prince Hall and others.
The Freedom Trail

Roxbury’s Black History trolley tour
 – Join us on an informative trolley tour through three centuries of Boston’s historic Black neighborhoods. Follow the progression of the Black churches, gain an appreciation for the importance of the arts, learn about the struggles during the civil rights movement, and become more familiar with the movers, shakers, and strivers in Roxbury’s Black history.
Trolley departs:
12:30pm: Roxbury Heritage State Park/DCR, 183 Roxbury St. 
12:50pm: Hotel 140, 140 Clarendon St (former YWCA). 
Purchase tickets ($25) online or by calling 617-427-1006.


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NORTH OF BOSTON

Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House- (Concord)

Long known for her classic literary works, Louisa May Alcott was also a member of a fiercely abolitionist family. In commemoration of Black History Month, special guided tours throughout the month of February will highlight the Alcott’s commitment to antislavery and social justice, as evidenced by Miss Alcott’s own service as a Civil War nurse, among many other reform activities. The winter hours for guided tours of Alcott’s house are Monday-Friday 11:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 p.m.- 4:30 p.m. Groups of ten or more must call in advance. Tours are available at a cost of $9 for adults, $8 for students and seniors, $5 for youths, and free for children under seven. Family packages are available.

Walking Tour: African American Heritage Site North of BostonSite 1: Hamilton Hall – 9 Chestnut Street
Hamilton Hall was designed by the famous architect Samuel McIntire and built in 1805. In the early nineteenth century, Hamilton Hall was the center of the catering business of John Remond, an immigrant from the Caribbean Island of Curacao.

Site 2: Harmony Grove Cemetery – 30 Grove Street - 
Harmony Grove Cemetery was consecrated in 1840 and is a beautiful example of “rural garden” cemetery, with landscaped trees and winding paths. This cemetery holds the burial plots of many members of the Remond family. Charles Lenox Remond shares a common marker with many of his family. He was one of the first African Americans to be paid to lecture on the abolitionist circuit.

Site 3: Salem Lyceum – 43 Church Street
 – The Salem Lyceum opened in 1831, and its rows of banked seats quickly filled with residents of Salem eager to watch demonstrations, lectures, and concerts. Many activists in the abolitionist movement came to the Lyceum. The hall was also used for meetings and lectures by the Salem Female Anti-Slavery Society, whose members included the noted African American abolitionists Charlotte Forten and Sarah Parker Remond.

Site 4: African American Sailors – Pond Street - In the 1830s and 40s, Pond Street was home to an ethnically diverse population and included many of Salem’s sailors. Between 1842 and 1846, approximately 46% of African American males with an occupation listed in the Salem City Directories were sailors.

Site 5: Charles A. Benson, Sailor – Rice Street
 – Charles Benson was an outstanding sailor who lived on both Pond Street and Rice Street. He sailed for twenty years, and because of his skill he earned more than the able bodied seamen in his crew.

Site 6: Cedar Street - Like Pond Street, Cedar Street was home to several African American families. During the Civil War, several residents of the street served in the Union Army.

Site 7: Cemetery Howard Street – Howard Street - 
When the Howard Street Cemetery was established in 1801, a portion was dedicated to Salem’s African American population. Many prominent members of the African American community are buried in the cemetery.

Underground Railroad exhibit at the House of the Seven Gables
Februrary 13-28
Celebrating Black History Month, The Gables is proud to welcome the public to this special exhibit. Have you ever wondered if there were North Shore homeowners involved in the UGRR? Have you wanted to know more about the history of the slaves traveling north to escape the agony of slavery? There are many connections in our area that link back to the Underground Railroad. Conductors, abolitionists and free thinkers risked their lives to help shelter thousands of men, women and children on their path to freedom. This exhibit is a collaborated account from the few references known to define some of the pieces of this amazing American story. Be sure to come and explore. Members Reception Feb 12, 5-7 pm.


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SOUTH OF BOSTON

Frederick Douglass Monument- (New Bedford) 
The monument honors Frederick Douglass and his wife Anna. Both escaped from slavery by the Underground Railroad and decided to make New Bedford their home for five years. Located on William Street in New Bedford, the monument was dedicated on October 17, 1996, on the 100th anniversary of Douglass’ death.

Frederick Douglas Read-A-Thon
 – February 5, 2013 2-6 PM
The New Bedford Historical Society invites you tot eh Twelfth Annual Frederick Douglas Community Read-A-Thon of “The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave Written by Himself (1845)”.
Friends Meeting House, 83 Spring St., New Bedford
(508) 979-8828



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CAPE COD & THE ISLANDS

African American Heritage Trail – Martha’s Vineyard

Museum of African American History – Nantucket


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CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS

Gallery of African Art – (Clinton) 
A unique collection representative of various regions, tribes and traditions of the African continent has been assembled by collector Gordon B. Lankton. Weekly Gallery Tours: Begin Thursday Jan. 3, 4-7PM.
The Gallery of African Art is pleased to announce a series of regularly scheduled FREE tours (donations accepted) every Thursday, beginning Thursday, January 3, 2013, 4-7pm. Musician and ethnomusicology expert Zach Combs of Crocodile River Music will offer informal tours of the Gallery collection.


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WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS

The Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum has 2 events to celebrate Black History Month: 

February 2
Local Author Jana Laiz will have a “Writers’ Clinic” followed by a presentation about her book, “A Free Woman On God’s Earth, A Story About Elizabeth Freeman”. Writers’ Clinic is from 12:30 to 2; Presentation is from 2:00 to 3:30. She will be available for book signing.

On Sunday, Feb. 17, the Susan B Anthony Birthplace will celebrate Susan’s birthday at the Adams Public Library with 2 special presentations from 1:30 to 4:00. This first is a music presentation by Massachusett’s own Diane Taraz. She will present “Silver Dagger”, a folk song presentation. We will then have historian, Mary Ann Brown, speak about the “Wild West Anthony’s”. a presentation about Daniel Read Anthony, born in Adams, and Merrit Anthony, she will give a colorful presentation about their participation in Abolition and the Civil War.

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