Slavery at the Abigail Adams Birthplace

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Thursday, February 26, 2015
7:00-8:00 p.m.
Tufts Library, 46 Broad St., Weymouth

Abigail Smith Adams strongly opposed the institution of slavery, yet she grew up in a slave-owning household. Her father, the Reverend William Smith, owned a male servant named Tom as well as a female servant named Phoebe; both played significant roles in Abigail Adams’s life. Michelle Marchetti Coughlin, AAHS board member and independent scholar, will explore the details of Tom’s and Phoebe’s lives within the larger context of colonial New England slavery, as well as their relationship with Adams.

Ms. Coughlin is the author of One Colonial Woman’s World: The Life and Writings of Mehetabel Chandler Coit.

Admission is $15 per person, $10 for AAHS members. Reservations are not necessary.

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