On Friday, June 16, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., the Royall House and Slave Quarters will hold a special benefit entitled “An Evening for Education.” All proceeds will benefit the museum’s school programs.
The event includes the opening of the new “Enslavement to Freedom” exhibit in both buildings, sample activities from the museum’s field trip programs for elementary schoolers, demonstrations of the clock-wound spitjack in the mansion’s kitchen, and brief tours of the museum’s landscaped grounds.
“We hope new and old friends will join us to learn more about this remarkable site,” said board member Amanda Hadad, “and to help local children explore the history of slavery and the meanings of freedom in America.” Wine, cold beverages, and light refreshments will be available.
New informational panels in the Slave Quarters building will provide more detail on the building itself and on the people who were enslaved on the site in the 18th century. In the mansion, artifacts and exhibit panels will help our tour guides introduce visitors to the parallel movements for freedom in late-1700s Massachusetts: black and white abolitionists calling for an end to slavery as Patriots sought freedom from Britain.
The “Enslavement to Freedom” exhibit was supported by grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Society of Colonial Wars in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the General Society of Colonial Wars.
Tickets are $20 for members and their guests, $30 for all others, and can be purchased in advance at RoyallHouse.org or at the door.
On-street parking is available, and the museum is located on the 96 and 101 MBTA bus routes. Please email Director@RoyallHouse.org for more information or visit RoyallHouse.org. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
About the museum: In the eighteenth century, the Royall House and Slave Quarters was home to the largest slaveholding family in Massachusetts and the enslaved Africans who made their lavish way of life possible. Architecture, household items, and archaeological artifacts bear witness to the intertwined stories of wealth and bondage, set against the backdrop of America’s quest for independence. The Slave Quarters is the only remaining such structure in the northern United States, and the Royall House is among the finest colonial-era buildings in New England.
– Submitted by Executive Director Tom Lincoln