A Family Celebration of Freedom & Diversity
Saturday June 17, 2017 1-4pm

City Launches Abolition Row Park Friday May 12th, 11am

New Bedford Creates Historical Storytelling Garden
Abolition Row Park revitalizes public greenspace to teach residents about City’s history

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Abolition Row Park Public Hearing

Abolition Row Park Public Hearing 
Thursday 5/4, 5:30 PM 
Friends Meeting House 
83 Spring Street

Join the members of the New Bedford Historical Society and the New Bedford Parks, Recreation and Beaches as we share a new vision for Seventh Street that will center around the development of Abolition Row Park.  The proposed park will celebrate the role of New Bedford’s 19th century abolitionists who worked to end the institution of slavery and moved the country forward on the journey to make all men and women free. Our landscaping partners, COG Design, will present the proposed design for Abolition Row Park. We appreciate your comments and look forward to hearing them

Global Voices for Social Justice: Art as Activism

Exhibit showcases activism of the 60’s and 70’s



Call For Posters Global Voices For Social Justice: An Art As Activism Exhibit

Call for Posters
Global Voices for Social Justice: Art as Activism Exhibit
Co-sponsors, New Bedford Historical Society and

New Bedford Art Museum/Artworks
September 30 – November 18, 2016

Like many communities, New Bedford has a rich history of political protests and calls for action rooted in a legacy of inequality and social and economic injustice. From the antislavery history to the struggle for workers’ rights, from Fredrick Douglass to the war on poverty, civil rights and an-war movements, and a host of movements combaDng social injustices at home and around the world, including the liberation of Cabo Verde. Graphic artists and community activists have used art to inform communities, stir up audiences and call attention to injustice. Posted on walls and bulletin boards, or slapped up on store windows and church doors, these bright, quickly produced images embodied the anger of the masses, ultimately serving as the wallpaper of public discontent.

In commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of the New Bedford Historical Society, Global Voices for Social Justice: Artas Activism presents a selection of posters produced between the early 1960s and the 1980s. Many local activists during that period participated in the creation of local movements that paralleled what was going on in other parts of the country and the world bringing their own experiences to bear on locally-based struggles.

The Call for Posters is asking people to share the memories and images they have preserved in the form of a visual arts presenta-on of the protests of that time. With such an exhibit as the context, we will revisit the lessons of the past, honor the many righteous activists with local roots, examine the current movements and look forward together.

It is our pleasure to invite you to submit poster art from your collec-on to be considered for the fall exhibition.



A Family Celebration of Freedom & Diversity
Saturday June 18, 2-5pm


Frederick Douglass Community Read-A-Thon

New Bedford Historical Society Invites You To The 16th
Frederick Douglass Community Read-A-Thon
Sunday February 21, 2016 2-6pm
At First Unitarian Church New Bedford
71 Eighth Street, Downtown New Bedford 02740

NBHS Read-a-Thon 2

NBHS Fish & Chicken Fry!

Join us for this ‘Friend’raiser!
Saturday, October 17th, 1-4pm
Elks Club Carney Lodge
Mill & Cottage Streets
10$ Each


Steppin’ Out on a Sunday Afternoon

Join the New Bedford Historical Society for our annual fundraiser on Sunday, May 17 from 3 – 8 PM. Held at the Hawthorne Country Club, there will be music in three rooms by Elan Trotman, Cabo Verdean music by Mont Cara, and Lady K spinning R&B favorites. Tickets are $60 and include an opportunity to win art by Alison Wells, dinner buffet and an opportunity to party for a cause; supporting the Nathan and Mary Johnson House, the first home in freedom of Frederick and Anna Douglass.

Tickets are available at Celia’s Boutique, Johna’s Hair Salon, or by contacting the Historical Society office at (508) 979-8828.  You can also email us at info@nbhistoricalsociety.org.