Orchard House/Boston: Abolitionist Stop

To quote the website where I got my Boston Walking Tour:

This station on the Underground Railroad was a destination for many fugitive slaves, including Ellen Craft (1826-1897) and her husband, William. In 1848 she disguised herself as her master, bandaged as if ill, and tended to by her husband as if he were the slave. They escaped from Georgia by taking the train and steamer to Boston. After two years in Boston where they were active in the anti-slavery cause, they sailed to England, staying until after the Civil War because the new Fugitive Slave Law endangered their lives. Harriet Hayden (c.1816-1893) and her husband, Lewis Hayden, both born slaves, owned this house for more than 40 years. They worked with Underground Railroad "conductor" Harriet Tubman (c.1820-1913), known as the "Moses of her People," in moving slaves to safe havens. Harriet Hayden bequeathed a scholarship for "needy and worthy colored students" at Harvard Medical School. (Go to the site and do your own tour! I thought it was much more interesting than other Boston tours.)

This house is just a few blocks from where Alcott lived. When I was walking around the neighborhood, which is called Beacon Hill, all the people I passed were very friendly. It was truly neat to see these places I've read about all my life right in front of me. There is an essay on this website about the Crafts.

Kim Wells
10/03

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