African American Heritage Trail – Enduring Bonds of Family

February 1, 2013

A number of African Americans buried at Mount Auburn were born into slavery. Their histories represent the sorrowful tribulations they endured in bondage, the extraordinary accomplishments they achieved as free men and women, and the deep family connections they held sacred throughout their lives. Separated from their relatives under heart-wrenching circumstances, through faith and courage they became reunited with their families. Buried at Mount Auburn, they came to rest with loved ones and among a community of those who supported their families’ fight for freedom.

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Funding for this project has been provided by the 1772 Foundation; Mass Humanities; the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (made possible by the National Park Service, National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom); the Cambridge Arts Council and the Watertown Cultural Council (local agencies supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency); and contributions from Sydney Nathans, Mary K. Zervigon, and the family of Katherine Knox.

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