https://www.masshist.org/events/black-abolitionists-new-bedfords-underground-railroad New Bedford Whaling Museum
18 Johnnycake Hill
New Bedford, MA 02740
Business & Professional, Classes, History, Outside
Join colleagues from across the region for a one-day, in-person educator workshop exploring the historical impact of Black abolitionists in New Bedford, a whaling community that was a critical stop on the maritime Underground Railroad. In addition to prominent figures like Frederick Douglass, there were many Black women and men fighting for freedom in New Bedford such as Martha Bailey Briggs, Polly Johnson, and Jane Jackson. During this workshop we will explore this history and their impact. This workshop will feature a visit to the special exhibition Sailing to Freedom: Maritime Dimensions of the Underground Railroad; curricular resources from Lighting the Way: Historic Women of the South Coast; and primary sources from the Massachusetts Historical Society, New Bedford Historical Society, and New Bedford Whaling Museum's archival collections. We will be joined by guest scholar Lee Blake, President of the New Bedford Historical Society.
This program is open to all who work with K-12 students. Teachers can earn 22.5 Professional Development Points or 1 graduate credit (for an additional fee).