|Headstone for Susan Freedom (1784-Dec. 28,1803) in the Springfield Cemetery, Springfield, MA. Photo credit: John P. O'Connor on Findagrave.|
Thursday, October 8, 2015
Business meeting and election at 7:00 p.m.
Program at 7:30 p.m.
In the Stacy Barn behind the Pitt House
at 8 Main Road, Colrain
“In Memory of Susan Freedom: Gravestones of African Americans in Western Massachusetts” will be the topic of an illustrated program at the next meeting of the Colrain Historical Society. The event will be held Thursday, October 8 in the Stacy Barn behind the Pitt House at 8 Main Road in Colrain.
From pre-Revolutionary days, African Americans, free and enslaved, were a presence in Western Massachusetts, among them Susan Freedom, whose gravesite is in Springfield. Members of the Green family are buried in the Brick Cemetery in Colrain. Historical archaeologist Bob Drinkwater, who has been researching these gravestones as well as local records for several years, will discuss his findings and what they tell us about the past lives of African Americans in this area.
The program at 7:30 p.m. will follow an important business meeting and election at 7:00. The program is open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For information call Belden, 624-3453.