Slavery in Western Massachusetts

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Slavery in the Connecticut Valley in the 1700s  --

Unsung Heroes of our Colonial Past – Five  Who resisted

Robert H. Romer, author and professor, Amherst College

Slavery was widespread in colonial times in the Connecticut Valley, where most of the “important people” – especially the ministers – owned one or more black slaves.  From Springfield and Longmeadow to Greenfield and Northfield, enslaved African-Americans were important members of our communities. This talk – with accounts of five African-Americans who were enslaved here and who in one way or another resisted enslavement -- is based on Prof. Romer’s 2009 book – “Slavery in the Connecticut Valley of Massachusetts.”

Springfield Quadrangle Museums -- 

Thursday, February 7, 2013,    12:15 pm

$2 members; $4 nonmembers

Davis Auditorium, Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts

The audience is invited to bring a lunch to enjoy during the program; cookies and beverage are provided.