Juneteenth Re-Opening of The Robbins House!
June 19-September 6: Open 6 days/wk (closed Tuesdays)
September 10-October 31: Open Fridays/Saturdays/Sundays & Indigenous
Peoples’ Day Monday Oct. 11 th
From 11 am – 4 pm
Six visitors allowed inside the Robbins House at a time
Masks required by visitors until further notice
Free Blacks from the Revolutionary War – Civil War: How free were free people of color?
September 29 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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.