Slavery in Old Kittery and Berwick: The Truth Revealed



Slavery in Old Kittery and Berwick: The Truth Revealed
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Part of the First Friday lecture series
Friday April 5, 12:00 - 1:00 PM
NEHGS Library and Archives, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston, MA
Cost: FREE; books sales to follow

Join historian, Patricia Q. Wall, as she banishes old myths of slavery’s scarcity and insignificance in one of New England’s earliest communities. Drawing upon new, startling findings from her book, Lives of Consequence: Blacks in Early Kittery & Berwick in the Massachusetts Province of Maine (Portsmouth Marine Society Press, Portsmouth, NH 2017), Mrs. Wall traces the presence of enslaved Blacks in the original large Parish of Kittery from mid-1600 to slavery’s gradual ending in Massachusetts around 1790. Her work documents more than 500 Blacks and over 200 slave owners and reveals a great many incidents concerning men, women and children living in bondage.

About our Speaker:

Patricia Q. Wall has been involved for over 40 years in educating the public about early American history through writing, lectures, museum work, and extensive school visits. Since 2003, she has dedicated her efforts to awakening greater awareness of New England’s early Black history: first, with publication of two historical novels designed to introduce children to that vital topic and now, her current research. She is a new resident in Exeter, NH.