Lecture fills in details of formerly enslaved Pamela Sparhawk

“Writing a New History: Recovering Stories of Slavery and Freedom,” our lecture on Wednesday, June 23 at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom, shares exciting new research into the life of Pamela Sparhawk, a formerly enslaved Black woman who petitioned the Massachusetts General Court to be recognized as heir to her brother’s estate. 

After more than a decade of bondage in Boston and Newton, Sparhawk was determined to build a life of her own in freedom. Now, more than 200 years later, careful sleuthing has uncovered her life story as well as information about her enslaved and free contemporaries in 18th century Newton and beyond. Made possible by a grant from the 400 Years of African American History Commission. Watch for our companion digital exhibit, “Finding Pamela: Writing a New History,” later this month.