African Americans in the Making of Early New England


Deerfield, MA



July 7-12, 2019 or July 21-26, 2019 (1 week)


Summer Program

Summer Program Type

Summer Program Audience


This workshop takes place in Old Deerfield, MA, and focuses on its 23 African American historic sites, the Royall House & Slave Quarters in Medford, MA, Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, NH, and sites along the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire. The workshop brings a wide range of primary sources along with secondary interpretations and lectures by specialists providing tools for K-12 educators to engage their students in learning about African Americans’ life experiences in early New England. Knowing this history is an important tool for building cross-racial and cross-cultural understanding in the classroom.

Project Director(s)

Lynne Manring

Visiting Faculty

Joanne Melish; Barbara Mathews; Harvey Amani Whitfield; Thomas Doughton; Richard Bailey; Alexandra Chan; Tammy Denease; Eshu Bumpus

Grantee Institution

Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association