Slavery & Freedom: African-Americans in Beverly, 1750-1850

19th Century Beverly
Source: Wikimedia Commons.
Source: Wikimedia Commons.

2013 marks the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln’s issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation. On Saturday, September 21st, the New England Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society and the Beverly Public Library will note this anniversary with “Slavery & Freedom: African-Americans in Beverly, 1750-1850,” an illustrated lecture by historian Terri McFadden. Join Terri at the main library, 32 Essex Street, to learn the little-known story of Beverly’s 18th and 19th-century black families. By examining town and court records, deeds, letters, and memoirs, Terri has pieced together fascinating facts about this early population in Beverly. Terri will talk about her current research on what life was like for the individuals represented in these town papers, with particular focus on the Larcom-Thistle family, who started out as slaves and “claimed their freedom” during the American Revolution.

This lecture runs from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Sohier Room on the ground floor. Light refreshments will be served. The program is free and open to the public; no signup needed. The library is handicapped accessible. For more information, please call 978-921-6062 or email

One comment on “Slavery & Freedom: African-Americans in Beverly, 1750-1850

  1. I had the pleasure of hearing Terri discuss this topic at the Beverly Historical Society. I highly recommend it.

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