EventsEscaping Unfreedom: How Cuff Whittemore used his Military Service to Claim his Freedom

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Escaping Unfreedom: How Cuff Whittemore used his Military Service to Claim his Freedom

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM


Cuff Whittemore of Arlington fought with his militia company at Lexington and Concord, then at Bunker Hill, then for seven more years in the Continental Army. Why did this African-American man choose to join the rebellion, then reenlist over and over again after it had blossomed into a war? Join a quest to discover new perspectives, questions, and historical evidence that give us a better understanding of how Whittemore and the African-American New Englanders of his generation confronted the great changes all around them as they grew into adulthood.

This online program, co-presented by The National Park Service, will happen over Zoom. We kindly request that people who are interested in attending please see the REGISTRATION REQUIRED box on this page for more information.

The Repairing America Initiative is the Boston Public Library's pledge to focus its 2021 programming and services on bridging the gaps that divide America. By prioritizing economic recovery, civic engagement, COVID-19 recovery, racial equity, workforce development, and youth engagement, the BPL is working to help Americans rise above the challenges they face.

Programming like this is enabled through the generosity of a variety of public and private funding. To learn more and support our programming, visit the Boston Public Library Fund website.

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