June 14, 2013 • 4pm-6pm
33 SHIRLEY ST, ROXBURY
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Every June, Discover Roxbury and the Shirley-Eustis House Association welcome spring and recognize Roxbury's royal roots with a unique afternoon tea at the Shirley-Eustis House, former home to both a royal colonial governor (William Shirley) and one of Massachusetts early elected governors (William Eustis). The varying themes of each tea, combined with stately setting and elegant dress code evoke both an historic era and age-old traditions.
This year's theme takes a look back at the Civil War. 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 the annual Governor's Tea.
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. The dress code is smart casual, with ladies in hats.
View photos from a previous tea.