Notes on Norwell
Venus Manning was likely born into slavery in Scituate, Massachusetts. She eventually became one of the wealthiest single women in what is now Norwell and used her money to fund abolitionist causes.
The leafy, lilly-white Massachusetts town of Norwell is a remarkable nexus of early Black American patriotism. It’s a place where Black Revolutionary War veterans left slavery, started, and whose descendants served in the Civil War.
An incomplete collection of sites organized around the North River of Massachusetts and the “Old Scituate” communities of Scituate, Hanover, and Norwell. The 13 sites feature Revolutionary and Civil War vets, contradictory judges, a free Black community, a Black abolitionist, a freedom suit, and local slaveholders.
An approachable collection of videos, books, talks, podcasts, articles, and links. A sort of self-directed syllabus.