• Historic buildings and the waterfront in New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park

    New Bedford Whaling

    National Historical Park Massachusetts

Emancipation Nation: January AHA! Night

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Date: January 3, 2013

New Bedford, Mass.--What were the implications of slavery and the abolitionist movement in 19th century America? Explore these ideas on Thursday, January 10 on AHA! (Art, History, Architecture) night. The theme this month is "Emancipation Nation" and curator Jill L. Newmark will speak about the "Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries" traveling exhibit, (currently on display in the park visitor center) during January AHA! at New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park at 5:30 PM. The title of her talk is, "The Powell Family of New Bedford and William P. Powell Jr., African American Civil War Surgeon." In addition, Ruth and Abby, the national park's 1850s ladies, will be talking about medicine during that time period, from 6:00 - 8:00 PM. The events take place at the park visitor center located at 33 William Street in downtown New Bedford. As always, admission is free.

"Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries" is a free exhibit which explores the participation and contributions of African Americans as nurses, surgeons, and hospital workers during the Civil War. "Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries" is a traveling exhibit developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine with research assistance from the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. This eight-panel exhibit, curated by Jill L. Newmark of the National Library of Medicine, contains links to New Bedford history. William P. Powell, Jr. born in New Bedford and son of William P. and Mercy (Haskins) Powell served as a contract Union surgeon during the Civil War and the exhibit touches on his history. According to curator Jill Newmark, Exhibition Registrar of the National Library of of Medicine, the exhibit "brings a voice to those that have remained silent for nearly 150 years.

New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park was established by Congress in 1996 to help preserve and interpret America's nineteenth century whaling industry. The park, which ecompasses a 13-block National Historic Landmark District, is the only National Park Service area addressing the history of the whaling industry and its influence on the economic, social, and environmental history of the the United States. The National Park visitor center is located at 33 William Street in downtown New Bedford.

Did You Know?

Liberty Hall with its 1795 bell, was an important meeting site for abolitionists in New Bedford, Massachusetts.

Abraham Lincoln spoke in New Bedford on September 14, 1848, in Liberty Hall on William Street. At the time, he was a little-known congressman from Illinois plugging the election of Zachary Taylor.