History Matters series - Boston and the Fugitive Slave Law

Resurrection of Henry Box Brown, from "The Underground Railroad" by William Still (1872)
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Speaker: Sentidra Joseph

After the passage of the Fugitive Slave Law in 1850, Boston became a hunting ground. The city, once a safe haven in the north and the home of many famous abolitionists, was suddenly fair game for slave catchers looking for those who had fled the South on the Underground Railroad.

In the years leading up to the Civil War, the Union unraveled, but Bostonians rallied together. The city's powerful abolitionists led the fight against the injustice of the Fugitive Slave Law. Throughout the 1850s, activists in the city attempted to, and sometimes succeeded in thwarting the slave catchers.

Ranger Sentidra Joseph has been with the National Park Service since the age of fourteen, working in various youth programs. A native of Boston, she is an interpretation park guide leading tours of the Black Heritage Trail, African Meeting house and Faneuil Hall. Sentidra worked as a seasonal ranger while going to school at UMass Boston until she earned her bachelor's degree in American Studies until 2013, when she became a permanent ranger at Boston African American National Historic Site.

Wednesday, August 3rd
noon - 1:30 pm

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image of the "Resurrection of Henry Box Brown" from The Underground Railroad by William Still (1872), via Wikimedia Commons

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