NEWBURYPORT — In honor of Black History Month, local historian Ghlee Woodworth publishes “Celebrating the Black Residents of the Late 18th and 20th Centuries: Newburyport’s Guinean Village and Once-thriving Black Community.” I will give a lecture titled “Story”. Worship at First Religious Society UU Church on Pleasant Street at 10:30 am on January 15th.
Her talk will be followed by a question and answer session at 11:30 am.
Come learn about Newburyport’s early black communities and the city’s main black neighborhood known as Guinea Village. Hear stories from former slaves, soldiers, business owners, and those who have lived, worked, and made significant contributions to our city.
Attendees will hear stories of past black residents, such as Edward Moses (1829-1913), who was born into slavery like his parents in Savannah, Georgia. According to his October 1913 obituary of Mr. Moses, published in The Daily News of Newburyport, while taking the plantation owner to New York, Edward fled and eventually died at the suggestion of a local barber. settled in Newburyport. Learn about the life of Edward Moses and more. The event is free and anyone can participate.
The church is located at 26 Pleasant Street in Newburyport.