I Am Not Your Negro

New Bedford Historical Society presents a screening of
I Am Not Your Negro
January 28th
Part of the New Bedford LGBTQ
Winter Film Series


Digging Into History

An Archaeological Dig At Abolition Row Park
Saturday & Sunday 11/4-11/18
9am-noon & 1pm-4pm

The ultimate goal of the Dig is to discover, recover and interpret any artifacts associated with the Thornton House.

The NBHS is delighted to have Craig Chartier, of the Plymouth Archaeological Rediscovery Project, as the managing archaeologist on the dig. If you are interested in participating please contact the Society office at 508-979-8828 and leave your name and number for more details.

COG-designLOGOPark design and landscaping donated by COG Design

A Celebration of Paul Cuffe’s Legacy Set for September 16

On Saturday, September 16th five local historical organizations will commemorate the 200th anniversary of the passing of local hero Paul Cuffe with the inauguration of an African-American Native-American Heritage Trail



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.