A presentation by Stephen Chambers and Maddie Webster
Hosted by The Gibson House Museum
Tuesday, February 15, 7:00 p.m. via Zoom
In the 1830s, John Gardiner Gibson, the patriarch of the Gibson family, worked as a sugar trader for a major Cuban export company. At the time, Cuba was on the way to becoming the world’s leading sugar producer, depending heavily on enslaved labor to support the industry. In this important program, historian Stephen Chambers, author of No God but Gain: The Untold Story of Cuban Slavery, and Boston University Ph.D. candidate Maddie Webster, who recently uncovered new information about the Gibsons’ link with Cuba, will explore the economic relationship between Boston and Cuba in the early nineteenth century. Their conversation will focus on the experiences of the Gibsons and other Bostonians working in and traveling to Cuba. If you have wondered about Boston’s role in the triangular trade, or the links between the system of slavery and the wealth of Northern elites, this program is for you.
Take the corresponding Specialty Tour: The Gibsons in a Global World, at the museum on February 6 or 19!