Monday Mornings: Set at Liberty: Stories of the Enslaved in a New England Town

Monday, November 19:30—10:30 AMSohier RoomMain Library32 Essex Street, Beverly, MA, 01915

Historic Beverly launched its first online exhibit Set at Liberty: the Stories of the Enslaved in a New England Town at the start of 2020 after over a year of research and curating. Remarkably, a great number of stories of Beverly's black population have been preserved and can be found in their archival collection. These are stories of citizens, black and white, battling against the unjust system of slavery; of enslaved men fighting for freedom for our nation, though not free themselves; of a woman using the law to emancipate her family; and of the racism that affected the lives of Beverly's black population, long after they were freed from bondage. This presentation offers a look behind the scenes at the creation of the exhibit. It will also cover the use of online exhibits to increase accessibility, the presentation of difficult histories to the public, as well as the sustainability of a collection. Abby Battis, ALM has more than a decade of experience in the museum field in curatorial practice and collections management.

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