Tranquility Grove: The Great Abolitionist Picnic of 1844 tells the story of an important event that took place in Hingham, Massachusetts.
Attended by as many as 10,000 people, the largest abolitionist picnic in history marked the tenth anniversary of the end of slavery in the British West Indies. For abolitionists, celebrating the emancipation of West Indian slaves on August 1 was even more important than commemorating the 4th of July.
Newspapers described the preparations, participants, and events, from the parade to the speeches, to the unexpected overnight grounding of the steamship taking the Suffolk and Essex County delegates home.
Frederick Douglass was there, and former President and Congressman John Quincy Adams sent remarks. Tranquility Grove is a trove of information, right down to the question of where delegates and participants left their horses.
It also discusses other abolitionist memorials and suggests how Tranquility Grove can be better maintained and interpreted in the future as a significant nineteenth-century historic site.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)
Martha Reardon Bewick is a native of Quincy, summers in Plymouth, and is a long-time resident of Hingham, all communities rich in history and located on the South Shore in Massachusetts. She is a graduate of Wellesley College, a fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society, and was a member of the Board of Governors of Plimoth Plantation, chair of the Captain Robert Bennet Forbes House, and coordinated the Plymouth-Provincetown Celebration Commission marking the 350th Pilgrim Anniversary. A specialist in ferry transportation, she writes articles for the Hingham Journal, and sings with the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Tanglewood Festival Chorus.
Publisher: America Through Time
Images: 63 Black And White
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)