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April 2017

New England Bound: Slavery and Colonization in Early America

April 19 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Royall House & Slave Quarters, 15 George St
Medford, MA 02155 United States
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Historian Wendy Warren’s "New England Bound" reclaims the lives of long-forgotten enslaved Africans and Native Americans in the seventeenth century. Based on new evidence, Warren's book links the growth of the northern colonies to the Atlantic slave trade, demonstrating how New England’s economy derived its vitality from the profusion of slave-trading ships coursing through its ports. Warren documents how Indians were systematically sold into slavery in the West Indies and reveals how colonial families like the Winthrops were motivated not…

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The Slave Cabin Project with Ifé Franklin

April 29 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Royall House & Slave Quarters, 15 George St
Medford, MA 02155 United States
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Ifé is coming back! Teaching artist Ifé Franklin will again guide workshop participants in creating small cabin-like structures of their own design to take home with them. Participants will work with fabric, shells, raffia, beads, and buttons to creatively interpret these miniature dwelling spaces. Using the artist’s Indigo Project for inspiration, these small creations are reminiscent of slave cabins, designed to honor the ancestral spirits of Africans who were enslaved throughout colonial America. Ms. Franklin describes them as “wishes or…

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May 2017

Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Ona Judge

May 1 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Royall House & Slave Quarters, 15 George St
Medford, MA 02155 United States
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Historian Erica Armstrong Dunbar, author of "Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge," will discuss and sign her new book, to be published on February 7. “Never Caught is the compelling story of Ona Judge Staines, the woman who successfully defied George and Martha Washington in order to live as free woman. With vivid prose and deep sympathy, Dunbar paints a portrait of a woman whose life reveals the contradictions at the heart of the…

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