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Telling the stories of those African Americans who lived in the Pioneer Valley and took action, whether successful or unsuccessful, to secure their freedom or the freedom of others.

Note that these stories are actively being researched and the authors will welcome any additional information about them.  Please feel free to leave comments or contact us at: camcca@charter.net.  All content is copyrighted 2014 by Clifford McCarthy, unless otherwise noted.

Image — The Underground Railroad by Charles T. Webber, 1893, Cincinnati Art Museum, public domain, as reproduced at Wikimedia Commons.

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    5 February 2015 — “Freedom Stories of the Pioneer Valley”
    A la Carte Lecture Series
    Davis Auditorium, D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, 12:15 p.m.
    Cliff McCarthy, Archivist, Wood Museum of Springfield History; Stone House Museum, Belchertown; President, Pioneer Valley History Network

    This talk will tell four freedom stories of African Americans who lived in the Pioneer Valley. Along the way we will learn about Jupiter Richards, Jenny (Cumfry) Williams, the Rescue of Angeline Palmer, and the League of Gileadites. These are stories that are distinctly local, but each raises broader questions about the history of racial policy in America. $2 members; $4 nonmembers. The audience is invited to bring a lunch to enjoy during the program; cookies and beverage are provided. Sponsored by Big Y.

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