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Brown Bag Lunch: Set at Liberty

January 19, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Our January Brown Bag Lunch program is the first in a two-part series regarding the history of enslaved people on the North Shore.  This month, we welcome Abby Battis, Associate Director for Collections, from Historic Beverly.

Remarkably, some of the stories of Beverly’s black population have been preserved and can be found at Historic Beverly. These are stories of citizens, black and white, battling against the unjust system of slavery; of enslaved men fighting for freedom for our nation, though not free themselves; of a woman using the law to emancipate her family; and of the racism that affected the lives of Beverly’s black population long after they were freed from bondage. A few of these stories can be found in Historic Beverly’s online exhibit, “Set at Liberty: the stories of Enslaved in a small New England Town”. This exhibit presents these accounts using the archives of the Historic Beverly collection. Ms. Battis will discuss the content found in the exhibit and in the collection at Historic Beverly as well as, how the exhibit was created.

In February, we will learn about the history of an enslaved family in Wenham.  The original research into this topic will be presented by Hamilton native, Jamey Tanzer.

About the Brown Bag Lunch Series
Join us the 3rd Thursday of every month to learn about local history and culture.  Bring your own “brown bag lunch” and beverages and dessert will be provided by the museum.

To participate via Zoom, please register online using the “Buy Tickets” button below.  If you plan to attend in person, you may register in advance or drop-in on the day of the program.

Thank You to Our Sponsor
This program series is sponsored by the Institution for Savings.


3rd Thursday of the Month
12 – 1 p.m.
$10 Suggested Donation


January 19, 2023
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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