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Explore these videos and video series that dive into Boston's complicated history.

View of the end of a wharf with harbor in the background; on the right is a rectangular wayside.
Middle Passage Port Marker Dedication

Watch the live stream of the Middle Passage Port Marker Dedication Ceremony on August 29, 2021.

Historical Map of Beacon Hill with the area of Smith Court highlighted.
Boston Women & the Underground Railroad

Learn about the contributions of the women who served as the heart of the free Black community on the north slope of Beacon Hill.

Portrait of Lewis Hayden
Fighting For Freedom

A Network to Freedom film that looks at the life and accomplishments of abolitionist Lewis Hayden.

Broadside of Anthony Burns Meeting in Faneuil Hall
A Man Kidnapped!

This seventeen minute film explores the rendition of Anthony Burns, told through those who witnessed the event in 1854.

Ships in Boston Harbor
Maritime Underground Railroad in Boston

During the years preceding the American Civil War, Boston served as one of the most important stops on the Maritime Underground Railroad.

A middle-aged man (John Brown) raising one hand and holding a standing flag in the other.
John Brown's Boston

This video series explores John Brown's relationship with Boston abolitionists that resulted in the famous raid at Harpers Ferry, Virginia.


Last updated: September 23, 2022

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