News and Events

Unless otherwise noted, all lectures and book talks are held in the Slave Quarters located at 15 George Street in Medford, Massachusetts. Visit our Directions and Map page for more information. 

Medford Slavery Memorial Dedication

On Saturday, June 8, at 10:30 a.m., the City of Medford will dedicate a memorial to dozens of people who were enslaved in this community in the 17th and 18th centuries.

The event will take place at the Salem Street Burying Ground in Medford Square.

The ceremony is the culmination of a project organized by two Medford 3rd graders, mentored by two Medford High School students, all participants in the citywide Center for Citizenship and Social Responsibility. The young people approached Mayor Burke with the idea of acknowledging those buried in unmarked graves in the city’s oldest cemetery, and then raised funds for a remembrance marker.

All are invited to view the unveiling of the stone, learn more about Medford’s history of enslavement, and enjoy refreshments.

Special Event – Community Open House

This year’s community Open House is scheduled right after the Medford Slavery Memorial dedication ceremony in nearby Medford Square.

This drop-in event is an opportunity for our neighbors to glimpse the building interiors, hear a bit of the history, and – we hope! – be sufficiently interested to return for a full guided tour.

Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. 

Special Event for Members – Up-to-the-Attic Open House

We’re excited to offer an expanded open house for members, to be held in conjunction with this year’s annual meeting.

To thank our members for their support, this drop-in event will be an opportunity to see the 3rd floor and attic of the Royall mansion, areas that are usually off-limits to visitors.

All current members are encouraged to join us. Please email Executive Director Tom Lincoln with questions about your membership status. Not a member? Please join/renew today, and then plan to attend this very special event.

Sunday, June 9, 2019 at 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Unsilenced from the Inside: Recovering Histories of Slavery from a Florida Prison

Since 2018, several men incarcerated at Tomoka Correctional Institution in Daytona Beach have collected, transcribed, and analyzed archival documents regarding the history of enslavement on a former plantation located thirty miles from the prison.

These incarcerated researchers have built an archive that testifies to the lives of enslaved men and women on the nearby Spring Garden Plantation, now a Florida state park, despite park exhibits referencing unnamed individuals who are “long forgotten”.

Dr. Andrew Eisen, co-director of the Community Education Project at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida, will give an illustrated talk on the impressive work of his incarcerated students.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.