Visit The Robbins House
June, July & August: 11-4
September, October: 11-4
(Open Fri-Sun + Columbus Day)
with Bob Bellinger, Suffolk University Black Studies Program Director & The Robbins House Board Member
Wednesday, Sept. 29th • 6-7:30 pm • Online
Concord Carlisle Adult & Community Education • Register here: fee $25
For free Black men and women, life in 19th-century New England was one of sharp contradictions. While people of color enjoyed the same rights to a trial jury as did their White neighbors, they were barred from serving on those juries. Although all property-holding men in Massachusetts could vote, individuals of African descent often struggled to earn enough money to purchase land. Still, New England’s ante- bellum Black settlements sustained independent communities where people of color established families and provided shelter to those left in poverty after slavery’s end.