The History of Enslavement at 105 Brattle

Longfellow House Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site


In 1774, John Vassall fled his Cambridge estate, abandoning his "property," which included the colonial mansion, “sundry stock,” and seven enslaved individuals. This is the story of one of those people – Cuba – and how she and her family navigated bondage and freedom, helping to create the first black community in Cambridge. Who has an untold story in your community?