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


413-774-7476; ext. 33

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