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First Lady Honors New Bedford Historical Society

Frederick Douglas Photo – New Bedford HIstorical Society


The New Bedford Historical Society has been honored by the White House for their work in preserving the history of the Underground Railroad in New Bedford. 

The Society was designated a “Preserve America Steward” by First Lady Michelle Obama. 

Society President Lee Blake says the society began its work 15 years ago, because many people were unaware of the city’s role in the abolitionist movement…

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The Society has identified seven Underground Railroad sites in New Bedford. 

It also worked to get the Nathan and Polly Johnson House on Seventh Street on the list of National Historic Places.  Famed abolitionist Frederick Douglass lived there when he arrived  in New Bedford in 1838. 

And beginning next month, eighth and ninth graders in New Bedford will begin studying Douglass’ writings. 



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