Hosted by Partnership of Historic Bostons

Join this panel of Native leaders and historians as they reveal the extent – and human cost – of the enslavement of millions in the Americas

Wednesday, November 15 · 6 – 7:30pm EST
Rabb Auditorium, Boston Public Library
700 Boylston Street Boston, MA 02116

Register here

The event will also be live-streamed

Between 1492 and 1900, an estimated 2.5 million to 5 million Native Americans were enslaved in North, Central, and South America. Indigenous people were enslaved in every European colony, including colonial New England. How is it that we have overlooked such an important part of this history and its effects over time?

In the fourth in our series, Enslavement & Resistance: New England, 1620-1760, we invite you to join a remarkable panel of presenters from the Nipmuc, Narragansett, Wampanoag Tribes and Nations, and from Brown University. This unique live event at the central Boston Public Library enables us to understand a crucial hidden history.

Note: If you can’t make it in person, here is the link for live-streaming. It will also be sent to you two days before the live lecture.

The Stolen Relations project at Brown University is a tribal collaborative project that seeks to understand the historic enslavement of Native Americans as part of a longer colonial process. In consultation with regional tribal representatives, the project is building a database of thousands of enslaved Natives in order to increase public awareness and make this information available to descendent communities. Its purpose, as its website says, is to recover stories of Indigenous enslavement in the Americas – stories long neglected and even forgotten.

This event will feature presentations from some core Stolen Relations team members, including Linford Fisher (project PI and associate professor of history at Brown University), Cheryll Toney Holley (Nipmuc, chief of the Hassanamisco Nipmuc), Alexis Moreis (Wampanoag, conservationist, and tribal historic preservation officer of the Wampanoag Tribe of Chappaquidick), and Lorén Spears (Narragansett, director of the Tomaquag Museum).

This talk will be live-streamed and recorded, and posted on and our YouTube channel.

Image: Alexis Moreis, Wampanoag, conservationist, and tribal historic preservation officer of the Wampanoag Tribe of Chappaquiddick. She is one of three Indigenous panelist speaking at this event. Credit: Malaika Suarez

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