At Brown University

Slavery & Legacy Walking Tour

By the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice

Friday, March 6, 2020 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
1Meetup Location: Ruth J. Simmons Quadrangle

Learn of the history and legacy of slavery at Brown University and the state of Rhode Island

In the eighteenth century slavery permeated every aspect of social and economic life in Rhode Island. The Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice’s Slavery and Legacy walking tour invites guests to learn about the history and legacy of slavery as it pertains to Brown University and the state of Rhode Island. Major stops on this hour-long walking tour includes the Ruth J. Simmons Quadrangle, University Hall, the Slavery Memorial and the Center for the Study of Slavery & Justice.

This event is free and open to the public. The tour will be limited however to the first 15 individuals who register for tickets.


At the royall house and slave quarters

The City-State of Boston:
The Rise and Fall of an Atlantic Power, 1630-1865

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 | 7:30 p.m.
15 George Street, Medford, Mass. 02155

Yale historian Mark Peterson will speak about his new book, The City-State of Boston: The Rise and Fall of an Atlantic Power, 1630-1865.   “A daring reworking of the narrative of Boston that Americans have come to know and love, The City-State of Bostonmay discomfit those who cherish the story of Puritans, revolutionaries, and abolitionists as it has been told. But Mark Peterson’s rich and meticulously researched account will be indispensable reading for everyone interested in the history of North America.”—Annette Gordon-Reed, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family      For this illustrated book talk, Professor Peterson’s remarks will be geared toward Boston’s history of and complicity with slavery, and the city’s connections to the Caribbean.     Mark Peterson is the Edmund S. Morgan Professor of History at Yale University, and author of The Price of Redemption: The Spiritual Economy of Puritan New England. Copies of The City-State of Boston will be available for purchase and signing at the event. 


At Cross mills public library

Illuminating History:
The Plantation Life of Southern Rhode Island

Cross Mills Public Library
4417 Old Post Rd, Charlestown, Rhode Island 02813

Please join us in March for our Illuminating History series, in which we will explore South County’s complicated and unspoken role in the African slave trade. These programs are made possible by a collaboration between the Charlestown Historical Society, Earthinform Studio, and the Cross’ Mills Public Library.

Thursday, March 5th, 6pm
A screening of the film Traces of the Trade, about the DeWolf family of Bristol and their history in the African slave trade.

Wednesday, March 11th, 6pm
The Economic Activities of the Narragansett Planters: Framing Slavery in the Ernest Hamlin Baker Mural, presented by Dr. Charlotte V Carrington-Farmer

Thursday, March 19th, 6pm
Fighting for Freedom: How Whites and Blacks Found Common Cause, presented by James Glickman

Wednesday, March 25th, 6pm
Slavery and Memory in the Making of New England History, presented by Joanne Pope Melish


At the royall house and slave quarters

The Last & Living Words of Mark: Following the Clues
to the Enslaved Man’s Life, Afterlife, and Community

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 | 7:30 p.m.
15 George Street, Medford, Mass. 02155

Mark was an enslaved Charlestown blacksmith, husband, and father who was accused of petit treason after he and co-conspirators were discovered in the poisoning death of their enslaver John Codman. An enslaved man named Robin, bequeathed by Isaac Royall Sr. to his daughter Penelope Royall Vassall, supplied the poison that killed Captain Codman.     In 1755 Mark was tried and found guilty, hanged, and gibbeted.      Paul Revere mentioned the gruesome landmark “where Mark was hung in chains” in describing his midnight ride on April 18, 1775, twenty years later.       Poet and independent scholar Catherine Sasanov has spent years researching Mark and those around him, and will share her knowledge of the haunting details of Mark’s short life in this illustrated talk. 


Past Events

At the Cape Ann Museum

Promises and Limits of the New Republic

A panel discussion and conversation exploring the concept of freedom in post-revolutionary America, followed by optional teacher professional development workshop

Saturday, February 29 | 1:00 p.m. — 4:00 p.m.
Cape Ann Museum | 27 Pleasant Street, Gloucester, Massachusetts

Promises and Limits of the New Republic: A Closer Look at African Americans on Cape Ann features scholars Joanne Pope Melish, Associate Professor of History Emerita at the University of Kentucky and author of Disowning Slavery: Gradual Emancipation and “Race” in New England, 1780–1860; Kabria Baumgartner, Professor of History at the University of New Hampshire, Durham and author of In Pursuit of Knowledge: Black Women and Educational Activism in Antebellum America; and Lise Breen, local historian and researcher on the history of slavery on Cape Ann. Bethany Jay, Associate Professor of History at Salem State University and co-editor of Understanding and Teaching American Slavery will moderate the discussion, addressing the broad context of freedom and race in the northern states after the American Revolution, with a lens on Essex County and Cape Ann.

Free and open to the public. Space is limited, reservations required. Reserve online at Eventbrite or call (978)283-0455 x10.


Maine Calling Show


The Diseased Ship Talk Series

November 21-23, 2019 | National Race Amity Conference | Boston, MA
October 23, 2019 | University of Southern Maine | Portland, ME
October 19, 2019 | Saint Joan of Arc Church | Orleans, MA
September 30, 2019 | Maine College of Art | Portland, ME
August 7-8, 2019 | Holocaust & Human Rights Center | Augusta, ME
April 18, 2019  |  Orleans Men’s Club  |  Orleans, MA
February 23, 2019  |  SEA Education Association  |  Woods Hole, MA
November 13, 2018  |  Marstons Mills Historical Society  |  Marstons Mills, MA
August 23, 2018  |  Truro Highland House Museum  |  Truro, MA
June 27, 2018  |  Snow Public Library  |  Orleans, MA
May 19, 2018  |  Harwich Cultural Center  |  Harwich, MA
May 12, 2018  |  Sturgis Public Charter School West  |  Hyannis, MA
February 24, 2018  |  Falmouth Public Library  |  Falmouth, MA
February 11, 2018  |  First Parish Universalist Unitarian  |  Brewster, MA
February 10, 2018  |  Zion Union Heritage Museum  |  Hyannis, MA
November 28, 2017  |  Eastham Public Library  |  Eastham, MA
October 12, 2017  | Center for the Study of Slavery & Justice  |  Brown University
September 16, 2017  |  Brewster Historical Society  |  Brewster Ladies Library

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