By Richard Damas on Spectrum News 1 on October 12, 2022
DEERFIELD, Mass. – Historic Deerfield paid tribute to American history Wednesday by unveiling memorials around the museum to the enslaved individuals who once lived in the area.
Historic Deerfield partnered with The Witness Stones Project and revealed 19 memorial plaques at 12 locations around the museum’s mile-long street.
According to the museum, around one-third of the individuals who once lived in the area were enslaved, and the plaques have the names of the individuals who they could find information on.
Witness Stones Board of Directors member Pat Wilson Pheanious is one of the descendants of the enslaved families and said growing up in New England, much of the history around slavery was hidden from her. Continue reading.