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History Café: The Black Experience in Early Cambridge

May 21, 2021 @ 5:00 pm


May 21, 2021
5:00 pm
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History Cambridge
159 Brattle Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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What was life like for Black Cantabrigians in the Revolutionary Era? How did American independence affect their experience in the city, and in what ways were they able to carve out spaces for themselves, forming ties with one another and creating religious, social and economic networks to support each other during a period that was filled with both uncertainty and possibility?

Join us on Friday, May 21, at 5:00 p.m. ET via Zoom as we explore these questions with Dr. Tiya Miles, Radcliffe Alumnae Professor of History at Harvard University. This History Café program will feature Dr. Miles in conversation with several of her students as they discuss the rewards and challenges of uncovering the history of Black Cambridge. Through an exploration of innovative research techniques and sources, Dr. Miles and her students will help us to broaden the story of Cambridge to include this crucial but often overlooked piece of the city’s history.

Thanks to the generous support of the Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati and a grant from the Bridge Street Fund, a special initiative of Mass Humanities, this program is free and open to the public. Register for the Zoom link.