“All Men Created Equal: Slavery in Massachusetts” presented by Shawn Quigley
Guide for the National Park Service at the Boston African American National Historic Site
In 1638 a ship named The Desire arrived in Boston Harbor carrying tobacco, cotton, and enslaved Africans. Thus began the history of slavery in Massachusetts, a practice that continued for nearly 150 years, through the signing of the Declaration of Independence and most of the Revolution. Massachusetts became the first state to abolish slavery in 1783. But what happened between the beginning and end of slavery in Massachusetts?
Eventually, abolition grew from a fringe belief to a widely accepted position, and Boston became a hotbed of abolition activity. This talk will explore the origins of slavery in the Commonwealth, the subsequent protests against it, and why Massachusetts ultimately became the first state to abolish the practice. at the Congregational Church 330 King St, Littleton, Ma