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|Title:||Governor's Tea and Abolitionist Meeting at Shirley Eustis House|
|When:||June 14, 2013 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM|
|Location:||Shirley Eustis House|
|Description:||One hundred fifty years ago, in January 1863, President Lincoln signed and issued the Emancipation Proclamation. In recognition of this historic event and the lag time it took for enslaved people in parts of the American South to learn about this decree, Discover Roxbury and the Shirley-Eustis House Association are partnering to recreate an abolitionist meeting at our annual Governor's Tea.
The abolitionist meeting will take place at the the Shirley-Eustis House, one of last remaining colonial governor’s mansion in the United States, and named after Massachusetts' last colonial governor and first elected governor. The re-enactment will feature the fiery rhetoric of the likes of Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglas, and co-abolitionists of the era, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Thaddeus Stevens, and William Monroe Trotter.
Together, we are recalling the civil rights fights that are part and parcel of American history. Visitors will easily image this stately mansion as a place which may have hosted such an event 150 years ago, or even 250 years ago before Massachusetts abolished slavery in 1781. These meetings were often attended by enlightened citizenry. Attendees to this year's Governor's Tea and abolitionist meeting will be recruited as interactive participants. Refreshments will be served. Dress code is smart casual, with ladies in hats.
Friday, June 14, 2013