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 land—and who continue to do so.

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 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. 



Melvin Edwards: Brighter Days

On view at deCordova until May 2023, this exhibit showcases six monumental, abstract sculptures by the acclaimed contemporary African American artist Melvin Edwards.

American Contradictions

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.

Story Walks at Trustees Properties

Chestnut Hill Farm, Powisset Farm, and Rocky Woods feature children’s books this month by critically acclaimed Black authors and illustrators celebrating Black history and culture.
Celebrating Black Stories