Although slavery officially existed in Massachusetts until 1788 when a state law was enacted that banned slavery and the slave trade in the Commonwealth, institutional racial segregation was allowed to carry on until the middle of the nineteenth century. [read on]
Excerpts from The Massachusetts House of Representatives Committee Report for a Bill concerning the Admission of Free Negroes and Mulattoes into the State of Massachusetts, January 16, 1822. [read on]
Racial segregation was evident in railroad accommodations in the Commonwealth. On a number of railroad lines in Massachusetts, black citizens were placed either in a separate car by themselves or in railroad cars often neither “decent nor comfortable” [read on]
Collection of primary and secondary documents related to the history of Massachusetts slavery, segregation, miscegenation, and more.