On Saturday, May 13, 2017, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. the Hingham Public Library and the Abigail Adams Historical Society (AAHS), stewards of the Abigail Adams Birthplace, present Landmarks of Slavery and Freedom: Exploring Local African-American Historic Sites.
Abigail Smith Adams strongly opposed the institution of slavery, yet she grew up in a slave-owning household. Her father, the Reverend William Smith, owned a male servant named Tom and a female servant named Phoebe; both played significant roles in Adams’s life. As part of the Abigail Adams Historical Society’s continuing efforts to explore the subject of colonial New England slavery, it is co-sponsoring with the Hingham Public Library a panel discussion on local African-American historic sites. Representatives from the Abigail Adams Birthplace, Museum of African American History (MAAH), Parting Ways Historic Site, and Sojourner Truth Memorial Committee/Florence's African-American Heritage Trail will describe the stories behind these landmarks and the important role they play in the community. Providing insight into the lives of African Americans in early New England will be historian Kerima Lewis.
This program is part of the Abigail Adams Historical Society's year-long focus on historic preservation programming in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Birthplace's rescue from demolition.
Admission is free; reservations are not necessary.