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Join us on Saturday, April 5th, 3-5pm, as we celebrate Spring and the power of words with a gathering of local poets who will share their thoughts on Our I-Dentities. Hosted by Everett Hoagland with guest poet Tony Medina, winner of the 2013 Langston Hughes Society Award and a professor of Creative Writing at Howard […]
AAA Southern New England February 2014 / In Your Backyard By Poornima Apte Visitors to New Bedford, Mass., might give the Frederick Douglass monument a passing glance, but the city’s vibrant history actually includes its role as a major hub on the Underground Railroad. Frederick and Anna Douglass, a newly married couple at the time, came […]
Frederick Douglass will soon be getting his due in the city’s public school curriculum. Beginning next year, students in Grades 8-10 will study the “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave,” the autobiography written by the then-young future abolitionist who arrived in New Bedford in 1838. Students in the middle and high […]
Some 6,000 American slave narratives exist, and one of the best of the genre is the 1845 “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, Written by Himself.” It is a short, powerful, accessible and inspiring book written by the greatest, most eloquent and best-known self-educated individual ever to have lived in New […]
By James Sullivan Globe Correspondent / June 24, 2011 NEW BEDFORD — Jim Lopes’s great-grandfather was a New Bedford whaler who emigrated from Cape Verde in 1873. Lopes’s grandfather also worked on the ships in the waning days of whaling prominence in this coastal city. For him and others with similar backgrounds, he recalled, “It […]
NEW BEDFORD — In an upstairs room at the Main Library, in the midst of July’s swelter, 80 students searched for new friends after they were instructed by their teacher to form groups for a reading activity. read full story
Teachers across the United States are already circling the month of July 2011 on their calendars. That’s when they’ll have a chance to come to New Bedford to learn about the city’s important historical role in the abolitionist movement and the Underground Railroad. The opportunity is being made possible through an award from the National […]
It was called “the New Bedford Annex for Boston Radicals,” and at the dawn of the 20th century, the well-appointed house on Arnold Street was one lively place. Owned by African American lawyer Edwin Bush Jourdain, the house in the West End section of New Bedford saw the likes of W.E.B. Du Bois and William […]
For thousands of African-Americans fleeing the bonds of slavery in antebellum America, the escape routes of the Underground Railroad that crisscrossed New England were lifelines to liberty. In the decades leading up to the Civil War, a countless number of clandestine “stations’’ were part of the informal network of safe havens for runaway slaves. read full […]