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Malden Historical Society presents in person: “Black Lives (enslaved and free) in Malden’s Colonial and Founding Eras”

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  The Malden Historical Society invites members and the public to attend its Annual Meeting in person on Tuesday, May 3 at 7:00 p.m. in the Maccario Room of the Malden Public Library. After a brief business meeting, Dora St. Martin, Society member and Director of the Malden Public Library, will present a talk on Malden’s early Black residents titled “Black Lives (Enslaved and Free) in Malden’s Colonial and Founding Eras.” Before the talk, attendees will have an opportunity to view the newest Library exhibit, “Modern Sojourner / Sojourner Truth’s Malden.”

  This informative talk is based on St. Martin’s original research carried out over the past few years. She has been digging into the archives to learn more about Malden’s early Black residents, going beyond existing histories to uncover the stories of a surprising number of enslaved and free Maldonians, including Malden’s Black soldiers who served in the Revolutionary War. Intrigued? Join the Society on May 3 to learn something new about local history and meet others who share your interest.

  Those who come early (from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m.) can also explore the new exhibit, “Modern Sojourner / Sojourner Truth’s Malden,” which will be on view through June 1 in the Converse Memorial Galleries. Based on the work of award-winning artist Gale Fulton Ross, a Malden native, including her 2008 painting “Modern Sojourner,” the exhibit explores the life and work of Sojourner Truth (1797-1883), including her connections with Malden abolitionists.

  The Malden Historical Society is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization that is always looking for new members. Anyone with an interest in history who wants to learn more about the Malden Historical Society can attend one of its meetings or visit www.maldenhistoricalsociety.org.

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