Forgotten: Springfield’s Black History Is Nowhere In Sight
By VALLEY ADVOCATE | Tuesday, July 25, 2017
By VALLEY ADVOCATE
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Springfield, Massachusetts, was a big abolitionist hub during the days of the Underground Railroad — not that many people know this.
When talking about Massachusetts history, Western Mass isn’t well represented in historical texts — they’re more focused on Boston. And even less well represented is Pioneer Valley black history.
Springfield, Massachusetts, was an early safe haven for refugees. In 1783, Massachusetts was one of the first in the fledgling nation to abolish slavery, and Springfield, right on the border of slave-keeping Connecticut, was a safe spot for black slaves seeking freedom.
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