Hidden Treasures 2018

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Date(s) - Saturday, May 19, 2018
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm



Patriots, Prejudice, and Protest: The Hidden Stories of Concord’s Early African Americans

Our program will begin at Brister’s Hill, named after Brister Freeman, a formerly enslaved man who was the second person of African descent to own land in Concord. Peter Robbins, whose father Caesar Robbins went with Brister Freeman to Bennington in the summer of 1776, will recount the lives of Patriots of Color who gained their freedom during the Revolutionary war and began lives as free men in Concord. See the ditch fence Brister Freeman dug around his property almost 200 years ago.

Our next stop, with time to travel, is the Robbins House, where Peter Robbins’ niece Ellen Garrison talks about being raised in 1820-30s Concord, and the antislavery activism that brought her from Boston to Rhode Island, Maryland, Virginia, Kansas, and California in pursuit of independence at a time of racial injustice.

This program is part of Freedom’s Way National Heritage Area’s month-long regional celebration, Hidden Treasures 2018.

Date: Saturday, May 19, 2018

Rain Date: Sunday, May 20, 2018

Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Space is limited to 25 participants. Please email education@walden.org to register.


1:00–2:15 PM at Brister’s Hill – Meet at Hapgood Wright Town Forest Parking Lot on Walden Street, across from Concord-Carlisle High School (which is 500 Walden Street)

2:45–4:00 PM at The Robbins House – Meet at 320 Monument Street, in the Parking Lot across from the North Bridge