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History, Art & Culture

Black History Month

This month, in honor of Black History Month, we will share stories of the Black Americans who have lived, worked, and contributed to Trustees properties.

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American History has often been told in a way that has kept the many experiences of BIPOC folks from being known and celebrated. Historically the Trustees has told the stories of the owners of a property – who have been almost exclusively white. We recognize that many other people’s histories are tied to a property. And while there is much more work to do, we have made efforts to uncover and share these lost stories.

This month, in honor of Black History Month, we will share stories of the Black Americans who have lived, worked, and contributed to Trustees properties. Later this month, we will share where we, as an organization, are headed as it relates to uplifting Black history and culture in our communities and on our properties.

We begin by inviting you to revisit the inspiring story of Elizabeth Freeman, an enslaved woman living at Ashley House in Sheffield. Freeman sued for her freedom and won, setting the stage for the abolition of slavery throughout Massachusetts.