William Wells Brown (ca. 1814-1884), an escaped slave from Kentucky, was an abolitionist, physician, and author. A powerful orator, he gave many speeches on behalf of black education and human rights and delivered more than a thousand antislavery lectures in Great Britain between 1849 and 1854. From 1860 to 1874 Brown and his wife, Elizabeth, lived in Cambridge at 19 Webster Avenue (now 1 Lilac Court).
The Historic Cambridge Collaborative is hosting the 13th annual Cambridge Discovery Days Saturday August 6 and 13, and this is your chance to discover new parts of Cambridge history. This year, to mark the anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War, the tours will explore the theme of “Conflict in Cambridge: In Word and Deed.” The Cambridge Historical Society, Cambridge Historical Commission, Mount Auburn Cemetery and Longfellow House–Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site, will all offer special tours across the city. Independent, experienced tour guides will also be giving unique tours, as well as special events and presentations, all available only on these days. Most of the tours are free, and all of the events are open to the public. For a complete listing, please visit: http://www2.cambridgema.gov/historic/walks.html