History, Art & Culture

Black History Month

This Black History Month, we offer events and share stories honoring the Black Americans who have lived, worked, and contributed to Trustees properties.

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 offer events and share stories honoring the Black Americans who have lived, worked, and contributed to Trustees properties—and who continue to do so. We invite you to explore with historian Gabby Womack how fears of “passing” changed the 1930 U.S. Census; to revisit the inspiring story of Elizabeth Freeman, an enslaved woman living at Ashley House in Sheffield, who sued for her freedom and won; and to explore the work of renowned textile artist and 2020 Rappaport Prize winner, Sonya Clark. 

We also invite you to learn more about the work we are doing as an organization to uplift Black history and culture in our communities and on our properties, so all can truly belong at The Trustees. 

 

Events

"Passing" and the U.S. Census (2/19)

Join Gabby Womack in this online lecture to explore how fears of “passing” changed the 1930 U.S. Census.

American Contradictions (2/25)

In this tour, the stories of the Old Manse at the time of the American Revolution serve to tell a broader story of American freedom and enslavement.

Legacy of Elizabeth Freeman (2/19)

Join long-time guide of Naumkeag, Mission House and the Ashley House, Kendra Knisley, for an online lecture about the life and legacy of Elizabeth Freeman on February 19.

Legacy of Elizabeth Freeman (3/12)

Join long-time guide of Naumkeag, Mission House and the Ashley House, Kendra Knisley, for an online lecture about the life and legacy of Elizabeth Freeman on March 12.

Story Walk at Chestnut Hill Farm

Walk the trails at Chestnut Hill Farm in Southborough this month and read as you walk! The trail currently features Sulwe, by Lupita Nyong'o.
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Celebrating Black Stories