Abolitionist Map of America

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We have partnered with PBS’s American Experience on the Abolitionist Map of America, an interactive website that explores events, characters and locations connected to the anti-slavery movement, one of the most important civil rights crusades in American history. An extension of the three-part series The Abolitionists, premiering Tuesdays, January 8-22, 2013 on PBS, the map engages communities around their local history, expanding upon the stories told in The Abolitionists and connecting them to real geographic locations. The map brings events from the past to life and integrates them into present-day America.

We have joined dozens of museums, libraries, archives and PBS member stations in populating the map with geo-tagged historical photos and documents, as well as more than 30 video clips from The Abolitionists. Unique individuals are also invited to upload their own content with the goal of creating a map that reflects the shared history of the movement and its indelible mark on local communities and the nation.

The Cambridge Room’s contribution to the map involves our connection to Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Cantabrigian and radical abolitionist. To view the Abolitionist Map of America, click here.

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