The New Bedford Historical Society welcomes David Blight, Director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University; also the author of Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom as keynote for the 2nd Annual Frederick Douglass Day in New Bedford. Blight won the 2019 Bancroft Prize for American History and the Prophet of Freedom is one of the New York Times best books of the year.
The New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park and the New Bedford Historical Society are partnered to commemorate four hundred years of perseverance as the first Africans were brought to this country in 1619. The program involved poetry and spirituals performed by Poet Everett Hoagland and Candida Rose and poetry workshops by Iva Britto.
Nearly 40 people squeezed in a room inside the building that once held the meetings of Quakers during the 19th century.
The $190,000 project, to be funded by the New Bedford Historical Society, is meant to create a small park with the mission of telling the story of abolitionists who once lived in the neighborhood.
Read about landscape designer, Barbara Connolly’s, work on Abolitionist Row Park