Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Lynn Museum Hosts Lecture on Frederick Douglass

On Thursday evening, February 16, 2012 from 7-8:30pm, Julia Greene will speak about Lynn’s role in the abolitionist movement of the 1830’s. The fight to end slavery captured Lynners’ imaginations and when Frederick Douglass moved to Lynn to join the fight, the then-small town was thrust onto the national stage. In his five years in Lynn, Douglass became internationally known as an abolitionist leader, intellectual author, and escaped slave who still did not have his freedom. Julia Greene’s talk covers the rise of the abolitionist movement in Lynn’s Quaker community, Frederick Douglass’ time in Lynn, and the local and international campaigns he and the Lynn Abolitionists joined to fight racism in the North and slavery in the South. The talk will shed light on national abolitionist leaders’ ties to Lynn including: William Lloyd Garrison, Abby Kelly Foster, Wendell Phillips, Sojourner Truth and the Grimke sisters and highlights the role Lynn’s Hutchinson Family and noted leaders James N. Buffum, Alonzo Lewis, Francis and Henry Newhall, and John Bassett Alley played in the Abolitionist movement.

Julia Greene is working on an independent history project on Lynn’s abolitionists to illuminate this important but little-known era of Lynn’s history. Ms. Greene grew up in Lynn and makes the city her home. She is on the Lynn Historical Commission and teaches history, speech and state and local government at North Shore Community College. In addition to this lecture she is currently working with the Lynn Museum on a Civil War anniversary exhibit slated for May.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Lynn Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Admission is free for museum members and students and $5 for non-members. In case of inclement weather, the event is re-scheduled for February 23 at 7:00 p.m. For more information, please contact Abby Battis, Assistant Director of Lynn Museum at 781-581-6200 or visit our website at

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