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New Bedford’s Johnson House is Historic Treasure Trove

NEW BEDFORD — It has been almost 175 years since abolitionist Frederick Douglass arrived at 21 Seventh St. in 1838, but thanks to a renovation project by the New Bedford Historical Society, visitors will soon have a better idea of where Douglass lived in his first months of freedom. Standing in the kitchen of the […]

Tiny Maryland school linked to city educator’s great-grandmother

Retired educator Dawn Blake Souza said she has always been inspired by her great-grandmother, a teacher who taught freed slaves in Maryland. Now Souza has brought that family legacy full circle through a recent trip to the schoolhouse where her ancestor first taught. Souza said throughout her life, she had been told about the career […]

Michelle Obama recognizes New Bedford Historical Society

The New Bedford Historical Society was recently named a “Preserve America Steward” by first lady Michelle Obama for the organization’s work restoring the Nathan and Mary Johnson house. The Preserve America Steward program was started in 2008 and honors volunteer efforts that have helped to preserve and care for the country’s cultural heritage. New Bedford […]

Photo exhibit of 54th Regiment on display in Boston

The city once again plans to celebrate African-American History month this February, with familiar events such as the Frederick Douglass Marathon. But this year, a one-of-a-kind event is coming to Boston’s Massachusetts Historical Society that some New Bedford residents won’t want to miss. New Bedford was essential to making this exhibit happen. “Everybody was immensely […]

In annual Frederick Douglass reading, students find motivation

When Manuel Sequeira stepped up to the podium in 2006 to read at his first Frederick Douglass Read-athon, he was nervous, shaking and had practiced a lot. “I was only seven,” recalled the Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School freshman, now 14. “I didn’t know what to expect. I thought I was going […]

New Bedford and The Civil War AUTHOR SERIES 2012

Presented by The New Bedford Historical Society & Friends of the New Bedford Free Public Library New Bedford residents played an integral part in the Civil War from the Underground Railroad and the Stone Fleet to Frederick Douglass and the MA 54th Regiment. To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, please join us to […]