Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Old Bridgewater Historical Society

Old Bridgewater Historical Society Lecture

The Old Bridgewater Historical Society will host a lecture at the Memorial Building in West Bridgewater on Sunday, June 9th entitled: Bridgewater’s Black Yankees. In the 17th and 18th centuries, Africans were forcibly brought into New England as well as into southern states. They began a journey of assimilation that would ultimately transform them into Americans. Bridgewater had a complex, and well-documented cluster of these Black Yankees (to use the words of scholar William Pierson.) Surviving documents allow us to view them not as a generic community, but to trace them through the 18th and into the 19th centuries, as they married, had children, went to war, and sued for their freedom. We will look at the colonial culture they navigated and hear some of their stories.

It will be presented by Rita Hutchinson, a public historian who has worked for over 30 years at Plimoth Plantation, the living history museum in Plymouth MA. She also teaches history and government at Quincy College. Rita received her M.A. in history from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, where she began her research and writing about slavery and the African American presence in colonial New England.

The event, which begins at 2 p.m., will take place at 162 Howard Street in West Bridgewater. Light refreshments will be available. Bridgewater’s Black Yankees is a free program; however, donations to OBHS will be gratefully accepted. For more information, visit the OBHS website at www.oldbridgewater.org

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