New Bedford's uniqueness stems from its growth as a whaling port and the diversity that flourished in the city. Read more below.
54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry
The 54th Massachusetts was one of the first federally recognized African American regiments that fought in the Civil War. More information.
In 1897, the Arctic ice closed in around 275 whalemen and left them stranded with limited supplies. An earlier version of the U.S. Coast Guard traveled 1,500 miles overland to bring the men food. More information.
The Underground Railroad
This secret network helped blacks escape slavery. Many runaways stopped in New Bedford, where progressive views, jobs, and a diverse population helped protect them from re-enslavement. More information.
When Quaker merchants moved their whaling businesses from Nantucket to New Bedford, they started a 100-year industry that forever shaped New Bedford's maritime culture. More information.
Last updated: March 3, 2020