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Black History Month


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.

Motown the Musical
January 27 – February 15, 2015
Motown The Musical is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, and many more. Motown shattered barriers, shaped lives, and made us all move to the same beat.

Intimate Apparel
Lyric Stage Company of Boston
February 13-March 14
From the author of By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, Intimate Apparel is a loving and evocative portrait of Esther, an independent but lonely African American seamstress in early 20th-century Manhattan who earns a living sewing exquisite lingerie for wealthy socialites uptown, and women of ill repute downtown. When Esther receives a letter from a stranger who is laboring on the Panama Canal, she begins an epistolary courtship with him, only to discover that he is not all that he seems.


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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.


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SOUTH OF BOSTON

New Bedford Black History Trail

New Bedford Historical Society
 Black History month events.

Parting Ways Cemetery
Plympton Street, Plymouth
Four young men, African-Americans from Plymouth, served in the American Revolution. Cato Howe was a freeman who had probably never been enslaved.
Plato Turner and Prince Goodwin were former slaves. Quamany Quash, who fought for liberty for his country, was himself enslaved and not emancipated until after his military service. Following the war, the Town of Plymouth granted these men acreage near the Kingston border, in an area known as Parting Ways. Howe, Turner, Goodwin and Quash – with their families – established a settlement there known as the New Guinea Settlement. These four American Patriots are buried at Parting Ways and their gravesites marked with American flags. Archaeological excavations have been conducted at Parting Ways and many ties to the African roots of Quash, Turner, Goodwin and Howe have been documented. Artifacts, architecture and food remains attest to their African cultural heritage.



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CAPE COD & THE ISLANDS

African American Heritage Trail – Martha’s Vineyard

Museum of African American History – Nantucket

Every Weekend in February, special events at Zion Union Heritage Museum
Hyannis


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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.
The Gallery of African Art is pleased to announce a series of regularly scheduled FREE tours (donations accepted) every Thursday. 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

Sojourner Truth Memorial African-American Heritage Trail
A self-guided tour that explores the Florence of Sojourner Truth, David Ruggles, and Basil Dorsey. Notable sites include Sojourner Truth’s house, the Nonotuck Silk Mill Dam, the site of David Ruggles’ home and Northampton water cure, and the Park Street Cemetery.

Stone House Lecture Series presents “The Rescue of Angeline Palmer”
Thursday January 29, 2015. Stone House Museum, 20 Maple Street, Belchertown. 7 pm.
In 1840, prominent Belchertown attorney & businessman, Mason Shaw schemed to transport his 10 year-old, African-American servant girl, Angeline Palmer, to Georgia in order to sell her into slavery. Only a daring rescue by members of Amherst’s black community saved her from this fate. Cliff McCarthy, Stone House Archivist, will present the story and some new-found research into the matter. Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

“Rhythms of a Faithful Journey: Verses from Slavery to Presidency”
A lecture, gallery opening reception and book signing with artist, educator and poet Robin Joyce Miller.

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