Preserving African American History

Historical Journal of Massachusetts, Fall 2009 | Go to article overview

Preserving African American History


THE DRINKING GOURD SOCIETY

Editor's Note: The following appeal offers another glimpse into the Commonwealth 's black heritage and abolitionist history. Many groups throughout the state are currently seeking to document the hidden history of African American communities in their towns and locals. We hope to highlight these and other local preservation initiatives in future issues of HJM.

As documented by Henry David Thoreau and many other abolitionists and transcendentalists, Concord, Massachusetts, was home to an inspiring African community in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. One house from that era remains and is currently located at 324 Bedford St. The house was the home of several generations of Concord's early African- American families (some of whom are memorialized through Concord field, streets and spring names or tributes in town museums and historic sites).

We, the Drinking Gourd Project, are a group of concerned citizens who have launched a campaign to raise the funds needed to move the house from its current location and eventually restore the house. It is the only legacy of Concord's African- American history, and a unique and precious resource of both local and national history.

We are appealing to readers to contact us with donations and the names of groups with potential interest in helping to save this historic building. The current owners applied for a permit to demolish the house, and the demolition delay order expired on September 12th. However, because the house and plot are for sale together, the house cannot be removed before a new owner consents. The Town of Concord is supporting the effort to save the house from demolition but the future remains uncertain.

We have been given an extremely generous gift of $30,000 toward saving the house by one Concord resident, and another couple has offered a matching grant of one dollar for every two donated up to $10,000. But we still have a long way to go to raise the necessary funds to secure the house, and we need your help.

THE DRINKING GOURD PROJECT

Our mission is to establish African American and Abolitionist Heritage Tours in Concord, MA. Since it was established in 1635, Concord has been the center of global historical attention. Much of this attention has focused on the literary contributions of the town's leading citizens and authors, such as: Thoreau, Sanborn, Emerson, and the Alcotts. The Drinking Gourd Project's goal is to unearth and publish the stories of lesser-known individuals who led brave and heroic lives, and to create a venue to explore these stories that have been forgotten or are no longer told.

Our specific project goals include: 1. Establishing a permanent African American and Abolitionist Heritage Tour in Concord. This includes research and historical verification of facts, trail markers, and text and training for town guides. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Preserving African American History
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.