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Harvard Square’s Blacksmith House Has Untold Connection to Runaway Slave

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Jean Powers
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“[Mary] Walker was an enslaved woman who fled north to freedom and ended up owning one of the more famous houses in the Boston area. It’s one of the best known houses on Brattle Street in Cambridge, in the heart of Harvard Square, immortalized in poetry by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, who lived not far away.”

Colonial-era Belmont Home Escapes Demolition and Is Moved to New Site

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Jean Powers
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Although a developer had already had demolition permits in hand, the Thomas Clark House, built circa 1760, in Belmont, Massachusetts, was saved from destruction.

Family’s Secret Now in the Open: Cousins Track Down Their Hidden Black and Jewish Ancestry(2)

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Jean Powers
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Cousins researching their genealogy discovered “that their family hadn't come from Scotland after all but from Jamaica.”

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