Spotlight on Ranger Horace Seldon

For the past dozen years, Horace Seldon has been an instrumental part of BOAF.He is one of the "Core Four" NPS Rangers who has shaped the interpretation of the site for more than a decade.

In addition to the unbridled passion and depth of knowledge he brings to his Black Heritage Trail® tours and his talks at the African Meeting House and the Abiel Smith School, Ranger Seldon helped elevate the history interpreted by BOAF through numerous research projects, programs, and events.His series of multi-night seminars, which came to be known as the Seminars for History Nuts, have explored topics such as the Abolition Movement, the Underground Railroad, the Civil War, Slave Narratives, and others.

He has also played a key role in the development of the Beacon Hill Scholars, a non-profit group dedicated to the rich and unique history of 19th century Beacon Hill.With the Scholars, Ranger Seldon has helped shape wonderful events including the annual Celebrate the River of Women's Courage Reenactment and March, which commemorates the brave women who defied a violent anti-abolitionist mob in 1835 Boston.

Ranger Seldon's extensive research on the great abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison has received much acclaim from students and scholars alike. He created and maintains two websites dedicated to Garrison and has led many special programs on different aspects of Garrison's life. He even once portrayed Garrison in a living history program!

Horace has been a foundation of BOAF's frontline staff and a critical part of our historic research and community engagement. We thank Horace for his service!

Last updated: February 26, 2015

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