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Music and History Celebrating African American Heritage Month

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Date: February 8, 2010
Contact: Phil Lupsiewicz, 978-275-1705

Music and History Celebrating
African American Heritage Month

Lowell, MA. Lowell National Historical Park is hosting two programs in celebration of African American Heritage Month.  Each is a free program at the Park Visitor Center, 246 Market Street, in Lowell.

Music and song played a powerful role in sharing and spreading the message of the abolition movement to the towns and villages of New England in the nineteenth century.  Join a unique presentation of lecture, song, and pictures called "Singing for Freedom: The Music of the Antislavery Movement." The program looks broadly at the abolition movement’s use of music with a particular focus on a single group, the Hutchinson family singers, in spreading the messages of the abolition movement through song. The presenters are Dr. Scott Gac, Assistant Professor of History at Trinity College and Deborah Anne Goss, a historical performer and interpreter with the organization Solo Together. Offered on Friday, February 19 at 7:00 pm.

On Tuesday, February 23, at 7:00 pm, Park Ranger Ryan McNabb will present “Exploring the Stories and Sites of Boston African American National Historic Site.” Mr. McNabb, from Boston African American National Historic Site, will explore the rich history of the free African American community in Boston in the years leading up to the Civil War. Using the Black Heritage Trail® as a guide, the program explores this unique community’s central role in the abolition movement, the Underground Railroad, and the early struggles for equality and justice.

The programs are hosted by Lowell National Historical Park in celebration of African American Heritage Month.  For more information, please contact the park at 978-970-5000.  Follow us on Twitter, Lowell_NPS.

Did You Know?

Photo of mill workers outside of a Boardinghouse

There were female and male overseers in the mills of Lowell in the 19th century. In Rev. Henry Miles' book, Lowell As It Was, and As It Is, he mentions that the Boott Cotton Mills has recently opened a new weave room and it is being overseen by two women overseers. More...