Your Town, Your Life: New Bedford
By: Alexandra Cowley
In this weeks Your Town, Your Life we take you to the Southcoast of M
Along Seventh Street in N
Lee Blake is president of the New Bedford Historical Society. She says, “we have the history of at least 8 of the people that lived here who fled from slavery either in Georgia and Virginia and other places.”
She says people’s biggest misconception of the Underground Railroad, is that it’s underground. That’s not the case in N
The term railroad signified “safe spots” along an enslaved persons journey to freedom.
“You’ll hear a lot of spirituals talk about get on board the train to freedom, that’s the underground railroad,” explained Blake.
During that time, the whaling industry had a shortage of workers and many of the Abolishioners in N
“Quakers did not believe in slavery so they tried their best to help some of the fugitives that ended up in N
The whaling ships traveled all over, picking up people at ports at C
Blake teaches the history of her city, because she says its important for rebuilding it.
“We need to highlight and make connections with our young people to the past so that our city can move forward,” Blake said.
Some business owners downtown have really noticed the city’s comeback. Recently, the city decided to remove the pavement poured over the original cobblestone near the port on Union Street, to bring out the city’s history. Shops are popping up and doing well. Carlos Chammorro owns The Landing Gift Shop which just opened 6 months ago.
Chammorro said, “It’s really nice we’ve seen more shops opening you know what I mean in a couple years its going to be a huge difference.”
Chammorro’s shop started out making bags for scallops and selling them at the pier. Now, his gift shop has shirts, pillows, and a bunch of N
So far our journey has taken us to more than a dozen cities and towns throughout R
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