Date: Friday, September 27
Time: 10:30 to Noon
Place: Meet at Old Deerfield town common on Main Street
(driving and parking suggestions will be sent closer to the date)
Contact: Karen Tatro, 584-7746 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Bob Romer will be leading a walking tour of sites where some 25 black slaves lived in the mid-1700's. He will share available information about their lives and their importance to Deerfield. Participants will receive a free copy of a map of Main St, which is quite different from those given to tourists.
Bob is author of Slavery in the Connecticut Valley of Massachusetts (Leveller's Press 2009). Though the book covers some information about most of the towns in the Valley, it treats the subject in Deerfield most thoroughly. He writes, “Little is known about many of those who lived as slaves in our area, sometimes simply a name listed in a will or bill of sale, sometimes not even a name. We can never undo the crime that was committed by kidnapping these people, taking them (or their ancestors) away from their families. But at least we can tell what we know of their stories, lest their existence be lost to memory.” To remember them is to make them live again.
Our leisurely walk of about a mile and a half will probably take an hour and a half (depending on weather and how many questions are asked). Walkers may drop out at any time. Bring a friend or two, as well as sunscreen and/or an umbrella. Please note that this tour is not sponsored by Historic Deerfield, Inc. or any other organization besides LIR. We will talk about some of the houses and those who lived there in colonial times, but will not go inside of them.
(Those wishing to visit the houses may do so by purchasing tickets from Historic Deerfield, Inc. on their own initiative.)