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Royall House & Slave Quarters

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15 George St.
Medford, MA 02155 United States
781-396-9032 http://www.royallhouse.org/

June 2016

Giving Voice: Royall House & Slave Quarters Fundraiser

Sunday, June 5, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Royall House & Slave Quarters, 15 George St.
Medford, MA 02155 United States
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$40 – $50

This year’s annual Giving Voice fundraiser will feature renowned playwright Kirsten Greenidge. Her Obie award-winning Milk Like Sugar, about the decisions teen girls of color make based on the support structures available to them, recently completed a Boston run, simultaneous with a premiere of Baltimore, about a racially charged incident on a college campus. The Luck of the Irish, which premiered at Boston’s Huntington Theater in 2012, centers on a dispute between an African American family and the white couple…

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Medford Arts Center, Inc. Annual Meeting

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
Royall House & Slave Quarters, 15 George St.
Medford, MA 02155 United States
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Medford Arts Center, Inc. (MACI) holds its annual meeting, featuring a speaker, election of officers and board members, and food and beverages. The agenda will also include updates on MACI’s hunt for a new space, the Mystic Makerspace, the Art Bus project, and the display cases in Medford City Hall. The featured presentation will be on Websites for Artists. Are you considering setting up a website for your art business? Do you have a website, but aren’t happy with it,…

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September 2016

New Perspectives on Slavery in New England

Thursday, September 15, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Royall House & Slave Quarters, 15 George St.
Medford, MA 02155 United States
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Historian Jared Hardesty, author of “Unfreedom: Slavery and Dependence in Eighteenth Century Boston” will lead this seminar, which is open to graduate students, academics, and educators of all backgrounds. From Brown University’s acknowledgment and reckoning with its funding from the slave trade to museums embracing more inclusive histories, slavery in New England has received much press and public interest in recent years. Designed to provide an intensive and intimate learning environment, this seminar aims to connect this popularity with the…

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October 2016

Brethren by Nature: Indians, Colonists, and the Origins of American Slavery

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
Royall House & Slave Quarters, 15 George St.
Medford, MA 02155 United States
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The Royall House & Slave Quarter and the Medford Historical Society present a book talk by Margaret Ellen Newell on her book, "Brethren by Nature: Indians, Colonists, and the Origins of American Slavery." In the book, Newell reveals a little-known aspect of American history: English colonists in New England enslaved thousands of Indians. Massachusetts became the first English colony to legalize slavery in 1641, and the colonists’ desire for slaves shaped the major New England Indian wars, including the Pequot War…

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November 2016

Royall House Slave Cabin Project with Ife Franklin

Saturday, November 5, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Royall House & Slave Quarters, 15 George St.
Medford, MA 02155 United States
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Teaching artist Ifé Franklin will lead two workshops at the Royall House & Slave Quarters for participants to create small structures reminiscent of slave cabins to honor the ancestral spirits of Africans who were enslaved throughout colonial America and for nearly a century after our nation’s founding. Using the artist’s Indigo Project for inspiration, participants will work with cotton fabric, some dyed with indigo—both crops grown by enslaved people on Southern plantations—as well as shells, raffia, beads, and buttons to…

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The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 @ 7:30 pm
Royall House & Slave Quarters, 15 George St.
Medford, MA 02155 United States
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Historian Manisha Sinha, Draper Chair in American History at the University of Connecticut at Storrs, will launch the Royall House & Slave Quarters' evening lecture series with a talk on her recently published book "The Slave's Cause: A History of Abolition," a groundbreaking history of abolition that recovers the largely forgotten role of African Americans in the long march toward emancipation from the American Revolution through the Civil War. "This well-written and accessible book has many strengths, but Sinha’s able…

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M-BELT Annual Meeting

Thursday, November 17, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
Royall House & Slave Quarters, 15 George St.
Medford, MA 02155 United States
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The Medford-Brooks Estate Land Trust (M-BELT) will hold its 2016 Annual Meeting. Parking is available in front of the complex on George Street, and the building is ADA-accessible. Low-calorie refreshments will be served. All are welcome. In addition to the usual business meeting and project update, the evening will include a fascinating presentation by Doug Carr, entitled "Life, Death and Rebirth at the Brooks Estate." As Mr. Carr notes, "The Brooks Estate has seen dramatic changes in the past 150 years,…

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December 2016

Royall House Holiday Shopping Day

Saturday, December 3, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Royall House & Slave Quarters, 15 George St.
Medford, MA 02155 United States
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The Royall House and Slave Quarters holds its annual Holiday Shopping Day. Visit the museum gift shop for handcrafted items, including organic soaps, jewelry and 18th-century games, toys and crafts.  

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January 2017

Author Talk: Jane Kamensky on John Singleton Copley

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Royall House & Slave Quarters, 15 George St.
Medford, MA 02155 United States
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Free

The Royall House & Slave Quarters welcomes Harvard historian Jane Kamensky, who recovers an unknown American Revolution as seen through the eyes of Boston-born painter John Singleton Copley in her book, "A Revolution in Color: The World of John Singleton Copley." Author Geraldine Brooks says, “A pleasure to read from first page to last, Jane Kamensky’s exploration of the life, work and tumultuous times of John Singleton Copley is itself a masterpiece. Like all excellent portraitists, Kamensky probes deeply into…

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March 2017

Colonial Comics, Volumes I & II

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 @ 7:30 pm
Royall House & Slave Quarters, 15 George St.
Medford, MA 02155 United States
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$5

J.L. Bell, co-editor with Jason Rodriguez and A. David Lewis of the first two volumes of “Colonial Comics,” will share stories and artwork from this graphic anthology series, focusing on the new Volume II. The books feature “stories about the Native Americans and women and free-thinkers and slaves and business owners who came from the Colonies and give a better understanding of what life was like over our first 150-plus years, the good and the bad.” Copies of both volumes…

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May 2017

Author Talk: Wendy Warren on New England Bound

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 @ 7:30 pm
Royall House & Slave Quarters, 15 George St.
Medford, MA 02155 United States
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$5

The Royall House & Slave Quarters presents a talk by historian Wendy Warren on her book, "New England Bound: Slavery and Colonization in Early America." "New England Bound" reclaims the lives of long-forgotten enslaved Africans and Native Americans in the seventeenth century. Based on new evidence, Warren's book links the growth of the northern colonies to the Atlantic slave trade, demonstrating how New England’s economy derived its vitality from the profusion of slave-trading ships coursing through its ports. "While some have said…

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Royall House Tours Opening Day

Saturday, May 20, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Royall House & Slave Quarters, 15 George St.
Medford, MA 02155 United States
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$5 – $10

The Royall House & Slave Quarters opens its guided tour season today. The site will be open on weekends (Saturdays and Sundays) from May 20 through October 29. Tours are on the hour at 1, 2, and 3 p.m. Please note there will be no tours on Sunday, October 1, 2017, due to the Royall House Association's annual Giving Voice event. Admission for guided tours of the mansion is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for students, and free for…

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June 2017

Royall House Evening for Education

Friday, June 16, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Royall House & Slave Quarters, 15 George St.
Medford, MA 02155 United States
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$20 – $30

The Royall House & Slave Quarters invites you to a special benefit event that will include the opening of its new “Enslavement to Freedom” exhibit. Also featured will be sample activities from the RHSQ's school field trip programs, demonstrations of the clock-wound spit jack in the mansion kitchen, and brief tours of the museum’s buildings and landscaped grounds. The new exhibit is funded in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Society of Colonial Wars in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts,…

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October 2017

Giving Voice: Royall House Annual Benefit

Sunday, October 1, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Royall House & Slave Quarters, 15 George St.
Medford, MA 02155 United States
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Giving Voice, the annual benefit event for the Royall House & Slave Quarters, will feature renowned historian Annette Gordon-Reed. Professor Gordon-Reed teaches American legal history at Harvard Law School and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for History and a National Book Award for her work on the Hemings family of Monticello. She also is a recipient of the National Humanities Medal and a MacArthur Fellowship. Ticket prices and other event details will be announced.

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Confederate Monuments and the Memory of Slavery

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 @ 7:30 pm
Royall House & Slave Quarters, 15 George St.
Medford, MA 02155 United States
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$10

There are more than 700 Confederate monuments in America's public spaces, along with hundreds of schools, streets, and communities named for Confederate icons. In his presentation "Confederate Monuments and the Memory of Slavery, historian Kevin Levin will discuss the historical origins of these monuments - their connection to "Lost Cause" remembrance of the Civil War and the Jim Crow era of the 20th century, and how the divisive current debate over their future connects to our nation's memory of slavery.…

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November 2017

Steering to Freedom: From Slave to Civil War Hero

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 @ 7:30 pm
Royall House & Slave Quarters, 15 George St.
Medford, MA 02155 United States
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The Royall House & Slave Quarters presents a talk by author Patrick Gabridge on his book, "Steering to Freedom: From Slave to Civil War Hero." Based on a true story, the novel tells the powerful and inspirational story of a young man who became the first black captain of a U.S. military ship, while struggling to navigate a path to freedom for himself, his family, and his people. Gabridge is the author of two other novels, "Tornado Siren" and "Moving ," and…

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Dedication of Belinda Sutton’s Stopping Stone

Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Royall House & Slave Quarters, 15 George St.
Medford, MA 02155 United States
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The Royall House & Slave Quarters will dedicate the newly installed Stopping Stone in memory of Belinda Sutton, whose 1783 petition for a pension from the estate of Isaac Royall Jr. is among the first narratives by an African American woman. Located just outside the George Street entrance to Royall Park, adjacent to the museum, this small brass marker reads “Belinda Sutton, enslaved here 1737-1781.” The Stopping Stones project is described as “an historical reparations endeavor designed to bring attention to the…

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December 2017

Royall House Holiday Shopping Day

Saturday, December 9, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Royall House & Slave Quarters, 15 George St.
Medford, MA 02155 United States
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The Royall House & Slave Quarters holds its annual Holiday Shopping Day. Shop for handcrafted items including tumbled shard brooches, organic soaps, hand-dipped beeswax candles, and eighteenth-century games, toys, and crafts. The shop also features museum mugs, water bottles, tote bags, notecards, postcards, magnets, bookmarks, and an assortment of fiction and nonfiction for adults and children, including many autographed books. All proceeds support the work of the Royall House & Slave Quarters.  

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February 2018

Growing Up with the Country: Family, Race, and Nation after the Civil War

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Royall House & Slave Quarters, 15 George St.
Medford, MA 02155 United States
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$10

The Royall House & Slave Quarters welcomes historian Kendra Taira Field for a talk on her forthcoming book, "Growing Up with the Country: Family, Race, and Nation after the Civil War," to be published in January 2018. Following the lead of her own ancestors, Field’s epic family history chronicles the westward migration of freedom’s first generation in the 50 years after emancipation. Drawing on decades of archival research and family lore within and beyond the United States, Field details lives…

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April 2018

Commodification, Resistance and Labour in Canadian Slave Advertisements

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Royall House & Slave Quarters, 15 George St.
Medford, MA 02155 United States
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The Royall House & Slave Quarters presents a talk by art historian Charmaine Nelson, whose work expands the traditional slave-trade triangle to include Canada. Mining an array of sources — including maps, artwork, and the Canadian fugitive slave archive — her goal is to re-humanize people who were dehumanized in bondage. “Even in the stories of how they escaped, sometimes slave owners would inadvertently disclose how intelligent the escapees were, and how much forethought and planning went into escaping,” Nelson…

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May 2018

Royall House Tours Opening Day

Saturday, May 19, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Royall House & Slave Quarters, 15 George St.
Medford, MA 02155 United States
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$5 – $10

The Royall House & Slave Quarters opens its guided tour season today. The site will be open on weekends (Saturdays and Sundays) from May 19 through October 28. Tours are on the hour at 1, 2, and 3 p.m. Please note there will be no tours on Sunday, September 23, due to the Royall House Association's annual Giving Voice event. Admission for guided tours of the mansion is $10 for adults; $8 for seniors; $5 for students; $2 for EBT or…

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An American Quilt: Unfolding a Story of Family and Slavery

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Royall House & Slave Quarters, 15 George St.
Medford, MA 02155 United States
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$10

The Royall House & Slave Quarters welcomes Rachel May for a talk about her new book,  “An American Quilt: Unfolding a Story of Family and Slavery,” which is due out on May 1, 2018. May’s book explores the far reach of slavery, from New England to the Caribbean, the role it played in the growth of mercantile America, and the bonds between the agrarian south and the industrial north in the antebellum era — all through the discovery of a…

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September 2018

Giving Voice Workshop: Understanding and Teaching American Slavery

Sunday, September 23, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Royall House & Slave Quarters, 15 George St.
Medford, MA 02155 United States
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$20

As part of Giving Voice, the annual benefit event for the Royall House & Slave Quarters, historian Hasan Kwame Jeffries will join Dr. Bethany Jay, associate professor of history at Salem State University, to lead a hands-on workshop on teaching American slavery for classroom teachers. This two-hour workshop preceding Giving Voice will include classroom-ready resources linked to the new Massachusetts social studies frameworks, and ample opportunity for Q&A. A box lunch will be provided, and participating teachers are encouraged to stay…

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Giving Voice: Royall House Annual Benefit

Sunday, September 23, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Royall House & Slave Quarters, 15 George St.
Medford, MA 02155 United States
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$40 – $50

Giving Voice, the annual benefit event for the Royall House & Slave Quarters, will feature a talk by historian Hasan Kwame Jeffries about his work with "Teaching Hard History: American Slavery," an educational initiative of the Southern Poverty Law Center's Teaching Tolerance Project. Jeffries, associate professor of history at Ohio State University and author of "Bloody Lowndes: Civil Rights and Black Power in Alabama's Black Belt," chairs the advisory committee for the Teaching Tolerance project and hosts the "Teaching Hard History" podcast.…

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October 2018

Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Royall House & Slave Quarters, 15 George St.
Medford, MA 02155 United States
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$10

The Royall House & Slave Quarters presents a talk by historian Kate Clifford Larson, author of the book, "Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero." Known widely as a simple and courageous mother figure, in fact Harriet Tubman was an intelligent, crafty, fearless visionary who transcended assumptions about black women’s abilities, leading scores of enslaved people to freedom. Drawing from a trove of primary documents as well as extensive genealogical research, Larson's book reveals Tubman as a…

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Royall House Tours Closing Day

Sunday, October 28, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Royall House & Slave Quarters, 15 George St.
Medford, MA 02155 United States
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$5 – $10

The Royall House & Slave Quarters concludes its 2018 guided tour season today. Tours are offered on the hour at 1, 2, and 3 p.m. (Tours also are offered on Saturday, October 27, at the same times.) Admission for guided tours of the mansion is $10 for adults; $8 for seniors; $5 for students; $2 for EBT or WIC cardholders; and free for children age 12 and under. Admission to the Slave Quarters, which also houses the archaeological exhibit, gift…

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November 2018

Readings from The Slave Narrative of Willie Mae

Saturday, November 3, 2018 @ 1:00 pm
Royall House & Slave Quarters, 15 George St.
Medford, MA 02155 United States
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The Royall House & Slave Quarters welcomes interdisciplinary artist Ifé Franklin, who will read from her powerful new book "The Slave Narrative of Willie Mae." Franklin wrote the book in the voice of her great-grandmother, Willie Mae McCain, who was born in Virginia on the threshold of emancipation. The narrative brings to life Willie Mae’s journey from enslavement to freedom. Her reading will include time for an audience Q&A, and copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.…

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Hands-on Slave Cabin Project Workshop

Saturday, November 3, 2018 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Royall House & Slave Quarters, 15 George St.
Medford, MA 02155 United States
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$10 – $15

The Royall House & Slave Quarters presents interdisciplinary artist Ifé Franklin leading a two-hour hands-on Slave Cabin workshop for 20 participants. Franklin will guide participants in using materials such as fabric, shells, raffia, and beads to creatively interpret miniature cabin-like structures of their own design to take home with them. Using the artist’s Indigo Project for inspiration, these small creations are reminiscent of slave cabins, designed to honor the ancestral spirits of Africans enslaved throughout colonial America. Franklin describes them as “wishes…

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How Brooks Brothers Once Clothed Slaves

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Royall House & Slave Quarters, 15 George St.
Medford, MA 02155 United States
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$10

Like many northern commercial institutions, Brooks Brothers — celebrating its bicentennial this year — benefited from the institution of slavery. The storied clothier’s livery department provided garments for coachmen, footmen, and chauffeurs in wealthy American households, including those in the antebellum South. In an illustrated talk, Jonathan Michael Square, a writer and historian specializing in the fashion and visual culture of the African Diaspora, will explore this intriguing connection. Dr. Square is currently a lecturer on history and literature at…

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December 2018

Royall House Holiday Shopping Day

Saturday, December 8, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Royall House & Slave Quarters, 15 George St.
Medford, MA 02155 United States
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The Royall House & Slave Quarters holds its annual Holiday Shopping Day. Shop for handcrafted items including organic soaps, tumbled shard brooches, hand-dipped beeswax candles, and eighteenth-century games, toys, and crafts. Museum cards, bookmarks, magnets, and mugs make perfect gifts. An assortment of fiction and nonfiction for adults and children—with several titles autographed by their authors—will appeal to history lovers of any age. All proceeds support the work of the Royall House & Slave Quarters.  

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January 2019

Film and Discussion: Passage at St. Augustine

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
Royall House & Slave Quarters, 15 George St.
Medford, MA 02155 United States
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$10

The award-winning "Passage at St. Augustine" documents an event in a southern town that divided the community along racial lines, generating national and international news, and ultimately effecting change. The hour-long film is about the bloodiest campaign of the Civil Rights Movement that unwittingly leveraged the passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964, outlawing Jim Crow segregation from coast to coast. After the screening, filmmaker Clennon L. King will engage the audience in a discussion of the history,…

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March 2019

Force and Freedom: Black Abolitionists and the Politics of Violence

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Royall House & Slave Quarters, 15 George St.
Medford, MA 02155 United States
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$10

The Royall House and Slave Quarters welcomes historian Kellie Carter Jackson for a talk on her forthcoming book, "Force and Freedom." From its origins in the 1750s, the white-led American abolitionist movement adhered to principles of "moral suasion" and nonviolent resistance as both religious tenet and political strategy. But by the 1850s, the population of enslaved Americans had increased exponentially, and such legislative efforts as the Fugitive Slave Act and the Supreme Court's 1857 ruling in the Dred Scott case…

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May 2019

Royall House Tours Opening Day

Saturday, May 18, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Royall House & Slave Quarters, 15 George St.
Medford, MA 02155 United States
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$5 – $10

The Royall House & Slave Quarters opens its guided tour season today. The site will be open on weekends (Saturdays and Sundays) from May 18 through October 27. Tours are on the hour at 1, 2, and 3 p.m. Admission for guided tours of the mansion is $10 for adults; $8 for seniors; $5 for students; $2 for EBT or WIC cardholders; and free for children age 12 and under. Admission to the Slave Quarters, which also houses the archaeological exhibit,…

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June 2019

Royall House Community Open House

Saturday, June 8, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Royall House & Slave Quarters, 15 George St.
Medford, MA 02155 United States
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Free

The Royall House & Slave Quarters' Community Open House is a drop-in event that provides an opportunity for neighbors to view the building interiors, hear a bit of the site's history, and — the organization hopes — be sufficiently interested to return for a full guided tour. This year’s Community Open House is scheduled right after the 10:30 a.m. Medford Slavery Memorial dedication ceremony at the Salem Street Burying Ground in nearby Medford Square. Free admission. Light refreshments will be provided.…

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Royall House Members’ Up to the Attic Open House

Sunday, June 9, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Royall House & Slave Quarters, 15 George St.
Medford, MA 02155 United States
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The Royall House & Slave Quarters is offering an expanded open house for members, to be held in conjunction with the organization's annual meeting. To thank members for their support, this drop-in event will be an opportunity to see more of the Royall mansion, including the third-floor storage areas that are usually off-limits to visitors. All current members are encouraged to attend the open house. Please email Director@RoyallHouse.org with questions about your membership status. Nonmembers may join or renew on the Royall…

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July 2019

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

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Royall House & Slave Quarters, 15 George St.
Medford, MA 02155 United States
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Free – $10

The Royall House & Slave Quarters presents the public program "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 30 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…

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September 2019

Giving Voice: Royall House Annual Benefit

Sunday, September 15, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Royall House & Slave Quarters, 15 George St.
Medford, MA 02155 United States
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$25 – $50

Giving Voice, the annual benefit event for the Royall House & Slave Quarters, will feature a talk by renowned historian Tiya Miles, award-winning author of the book "The Dawn of Detroit: A Chronicle of Slavery and Freedom in the City of the Straits." View the museum interiors, enjoy refreshments on the lawn, and hear remarks by Miles, a professor of history at Harvard University and author of five books of history and one novel. Miles was the co-winner of the prestigious…

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October 2019

Black Lives, Native Lands, White Worlds: Slavery in New England

Thursday, October 17, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Royall House & Slave Quarters, 15 George St.
Medford, MA 02155 United States
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The Royall House & Slave Quarters welcomes historian Jared Ross Hardesty to speak about his forthcoming book, "Black Lives, Native Lands, White Worlds: A History of Slavery in New England." Shortly after the first Europeans arrived in 17th-century New England, they began to import Africans and capture the area’s indigenous peoples as slaves. By the eve of the American Revolution, enslaved people comprised only about 4 percent of the population, but slavery had become instrumental to the region’s economy and…

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Royall House Tours Closing Day

Sunday, October 27, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Royall House & Slave Quarters, 15 George St.
Medford, MA 02155 United States
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$5 – $10

The Royall House & Slave Quarters concludes its 2019 guided tour season today. Tours are offered on the hour at 1, 2, and 3 p.m. (Tours also are offered on Saturday, October 26, at the same times.) Admission for guided tours of the mansion is $10 for adults; $8 for seniors; $5 for students; $2 for EBT or WIC cardholders; and free for children age 12 and under. Admission to the Slave Quarters, which also houses the archaeological exhibit, gift…

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November 2019

Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Persistent Myth

Monday, November 4, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Royall House & Slave Quarters, 15 George St.
Medford, MA 02155 United States
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$10

The Royall House & Slave Quarters welcomes historian Kevin M. Levin to speak about his forthcoming book, "Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War's Most Persistent Myth." More than 150 years after the end of the Civil War, scores of websites, articles, and organizations repeat claims that anywhere between 500 and 100,000 free and enslaved African Americans fought willingly as soldiers in the Confederate army. But as Levin argues in his carefully researched book, such claims would have shocked anyone…

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Royall House Fall Clean-up Day

Saturday, November 9, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Royall House & Slave Quarters, 15 George St.
Medford, MA 02155 United States
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Autumn's glorious color is well underway, which means it's time for the annual fall clean-up on the grounds of the Royall House & Slave Quarters. Volunteers are asked to bring work gloves and a rake, if you have them, and the RHSQ will provide LOTS of leaves! Help for an hour, or spend the morning to help get the job done. Students, be sure to bring your school's community service documentation form to be signed. For more information, please contact…

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Black Radical: The Life and Times of William Monroe Trotter

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Royall House & Slave Quarters, 15 George St.
Medford, MA 02155 United States
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The Royall House & Slave Quarters welcomes Tufts University historian Kerri Greenidge to speak about her forthcoming book, "Black Radical: The Life and Times of William Monroe Trotter." This long-overdue biography reestablishes William Monroe Trotter’s essential place next to Douglass, Du Bois, and King in the pantheon of American civil rights heroes. William Monroe Trotter (1872-1934), though still virtually unknown to the wider public, was an unlikely American hero. With the stylistic verve of a newspaperman and the unwavering fearlessness of…

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December 2019

Royall House Holiday Shopping Day

Saturday, December 7, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Royall House & Slave Quarters, 15 George St.
Medford, MA 02155 United States
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The Royall House & Slave Quarters holds its annual Holiday Shopping Day. Shop for handcrafted items including organic soaps, tumbled shard brooches, hand-dipped beeswax candles, and eighteenth-century games, toys, and crafts. Museum cards, bookmarks, magnets, and mugs make perfect gifts. An assortment of fiction and nonfiction for adults and children—with several titles autographed by their authors—will appeal to history lovers of any age. All proceeds support the work of the Royall House & Slave Quarters.  

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January 2020

Slavery’s Descendants: Shared Legacies of Race & Reconciliation

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
Royall House & Slave Quarters, 15 George St.
Medford, MA 02155 United States
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$10

Co-editor Dionne Ford and contributor Catherine Sasanov will discuss "Slavery's Descendants: Shared Legacies of Race & Reconciliation," a collection by writers from a variety of backgrounds — all members of Coming to the Table, a national racial reconciliation organization — recounting their stories of dealing with America’s racial past through their experiences and their family histories. Copies of "Slavery's Descendants" will be available for purchase and signing. Admission is free for Royall House & Slave Quarters members, free for 2…

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March 2020

Canceled: Author Talk – Mark Peterson

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Royall House & Slave Quarters, 15 George St.
Medford, MA 02155 United States
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$10

Due to precautions regarding the coronavirus, the Royall House & Slave Quarters has canceled its talk by Yale history professor Mark Peterson about his new book, "The City-State of Boston: The Rise and Fall of an Atlantic Power, 1630-1865."

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April 2020

Postponed: The Last & Living Words of Mark

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
Royall House & Slave Quarters, 15 George St.
Medford, MA 02155 United States
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Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the Royall House & Slave Quarters has canceled all tours and programs through April, including this talk by the poet and independent scholar Catherine Sasanov on "The Last & Living Words of Mark: Following the Clues to the Enslaved Man’s Life, Afterlife, and Community."  

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July 2020

Virtual Concert: Balla Kouyaté

Friday, July 10, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Royall House & Slave Quarters, 15 George St.
Medford, MA 02155 United States
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The Royall House & Slave Quarters invites you to a family-friendly evening of music and conversation with acclaimed Medford musician Balla Kouyaté on Facebook Live. Balla will play traditional West African music on the balafon in the only remaining freestanding slave quarters in New England, where the majority of those enslaved were of West African descent. Played with mallets, this centuries-old traditional instrument — considered the antecedent of the xylophone — is made of wooden slats and rows of calabash…

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November 2020

Royall House Fall Clean-up Day

Saturday, November 14, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Royall House & Slave Quarters, 15 George St.
Medford, MA 02155 United States
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Autumn's glorious color is well underway, which means it's time for the annual fall clean-up on the grounds of the Royall House & Slave Quarters. Volunteers are asked to bring work gloves and a rake, if you have them, and the RHSQ will provide LOTS of leaves! Help for an hour, or spend the morning to help get the job done. Please wear a mask and note that social distancing will be observed. For more information, please email programs@royallhouse.org. Another cleanup…

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Royall House Fall Clean-up Day

Sunday, November 22, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Royall House & Slave Quarters, 15 George St.
Medford, MA 02155 United States
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Autumn's glorious color is well underway, which means it's time for the annual fall clean-up on the grounds of the Royall House & Slave Quarters. Volunteers are asked to bring work gloves and a rake, if you have them, and the RHSQ will provide LOTS of leaves! Help for an hour, or spend the morning to help get the job done. Please wear a mask and note that social distancing will be observed. For more information, please email programs@royallhouse.org.  

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May 2021

Royall House Spring Clean-up Day

Sunday, May 16, 2021 @ 10:00 am
Royall House & Slave Quarters, 15 George St.
Medford, MA 02155 United States
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It's time for the annual spring clean-up on the grounds of the Royall House & Slave Quarters. Tasks will include general raking, sprucing up of flower beds, etc. Volunteers are asked to bring work gloves, if possible, and a mask (social distancing will be practiced). For more information, please email programs@royallhouse.org.  

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July 2021

Royall House & Slave Quarters Members-Only Tours

Saturday, July 10, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Royall House & Slave Quarters, 15 George St.
Medford, MA 02155 United States
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Today, the Royall House & Slave Quarters is reopening for guided museum tours for the first time since it closed its doors in March 2020. To show gratitude for members' unwavering support, the RHSQ has designated July "Members Only" Month. If you're not currently a museum member, you can join online at royallhouse.org/join, or you can sign up to become a member on-site before a timed tour. Guided tours will start on the hour at 1, 2 and 3 p.m.…

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August 2021

Royall House & Slave Quarters Tours

Saturday, August 7, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Royall House & Slave Quarters, 15 George St.
Medford, MA 02155 United States
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Today, the Royall House & Slave Quarters is reopening to the public for guided museum tours for the first time since it closed its doors in March 2020. Guided tours will start on the hour at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday. Capacity will be limited to 12 people per tour and attendance is on a first come, first served basis. Masks are required to be worn while inside the museum, regardless of vaccination status. Admission is free…

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October 2021

Royall House Tours Closing Day

Sunday, October 24, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Royall House & Slave Quarters, 15 George St.
Medford, MA 02155 United States
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$2 – $10

The Royall House & Slave Quarters concludes its 2021 guided tour season today. Tours are offered on the hour at 1, 2, and 3 p.m. Capacity is limited to 12 people per tour and attendance is on a first come, first served basis. Mask policy: The city of Medford requires that face-coverings be worn by all individuals ages 5 and older while at indoor public facilities within our community. All visitors, including those who are vaccinated, are asked to please…

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November 2021

Royall House Fall Clean-up Day

Saturday, November 6, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Royall House & Slave Quarters, 15 George St.
Medford, MA 02155 United States
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It's time for the Big Fall Clean-up at the Royall House & Slave Quarters! Volunteers are invited gather on Saturday, November 6, and Sunday, November 7, from 10 a.m. to noon to help get the grounds ready for winter. Jobs include raking, bagging and spreading leaves on flower beds, and picking up black walnuts. Organizers also plan to clean out the utility shed on the grounds, in hopes that a new one will be built this winter by students at…

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Royall House Fall Clean-up Day

Sunday, November 7, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Royall House & Slave Quarters, 15 George St.
Medford, MA 02155 United States
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It's Day 2 of the Big Fall Clean-up at the Royall House & Slave Quarters! Volunteers are invited gather from 10 a.m. to noon to help get the grounds ready for winter. Jobs include raking, bagging and spreading leaves on flower beds, and picking up black walnuts. Organizers also plan to clean out the utility shed on the grounds, in hopes that a new one will be built this winter by students at the Medford Vocational-Technical High School. Please bring…

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December 2021

Royall House Holiday Shopping Day

Saturday, December 4, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Royall House & Slave Quarters, 15 George St.
Medford, MA 02155 United States
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The Royall House & Slave Quarters is pleased to be resuming its popular Holiday Shopping Day. Stop by the museum to shop for handcrafted items like tumbled shard brooches and 18th-century games, toys, and crafts. Museum bookmarks, magnets, mugs, and water bottles make great gifts. The shop also is again carrying reenactor Tammy Denease’s “Hidden Women” soaps, lovely shea butter and olive oil bar soaps with labels featuring historical characters she portrays, including Belinda Sutton and Elizabeth “Mumbet” Freeman. An…

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April 2022

Royall House Spring Clean-up Day

Saturday, April 23 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Royall House & Slave Quarters, 15 George St.
Medford, MA 02155 United States
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It's time for the annual spring clean-up on the grounds of the Royall House & Slave Quarters. Tasks will include general raking, weed pulling, and sprucing up of the property. Volunteers are asked to bring rakes, gloves, clippers and other gardening implements if you have them; if not, there will be some on hand. For more information, please email programs@royallhouse.org. Rain date: Sunday, April 24.  

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June 2022

Royall House Tours Opening Day

Saturday, June 11 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Royall House & Slave Quarters, 15 George St.
Medford, MA 02155 United States
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$2 – $10

The Royall House & Slave Quarters reopens today for its first full tour season since 2019. From today through Sunday, October 16, the museum will be open for guided tours at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday. Please note that capacity will be limited to 12 people per tour and attendance is on a first come, first served basis. Also, to ensure the safety of guides and guests, all visitors are asked to please wear masks inside…

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