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Posted on: January 23, 2019

Evening with the Author: Martha Reardon Bewick

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Come to the library on Monday, March 25th at 7 pm for our latest Evening with the Author event featuring Hingham author Martha Reardon Bewick and her new book, Tranquility Grove: The Great Abolitionist Picnic of 1844. She tells the story of an event that took place in Hingham and was attended by as many as 10,000 people: the largest abolitionist picnic in history, marking the 10th anniversary of the end of slavery in the British West Indies. 

For abolitionists, celebrating the emancipation of West Indian slaves was even more important than commemorating the 4th of July. Newspapers described everything from the parade and speeches to the unexpected grounding of the steamship taking regional delegates home. Frederick Douglass was there, and former President John Quincy Adams sent remarks. Tranquility Grove offers a wealth of information, including suggestions as to how Tranquility Grove can be better maintained and interpreted as a significant 19th century historic site.

Martha Reardon Bewick, a long-time resident of Hingham, is a graduate of Wellesley College, a fellow of the MA Historical Society, and was a member of the Board of Governors of Plimoth Plantation, among other accomplishments. Don't miss this fascinating event presented in partnership with Buttonwood Books & Toys.

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