The Robbins House – Concord’s African American History
“Welcome home, Ellen, you were lost to history,” Madison said July 28 to a crowd of Robbins House staffers and guests as twilight cast its final shadows on the property, located across the street from the Old North Bridge and Old Manse. Madison is co-founder and president of the board of the Robbins House, and she used a powerful phrase to sum up Ellen’s life – “a 19th century civil rights firebrand.”
Robbins House Humanities Director Elon Cook visited Baltimore’s President Street train station in costume, where Ellen Garrison defended her right to sit in the ladies’ waiting room on May 7, 1866. The Civil Rights Bill of 1866, enacted on April 9th, was the first US federal law to define citizenship and affirm that all citizens are equally protected – it was mainly intended to protect the civil rights of African Americans in the wake of the Civil War.
June 2 – September 5, 2016
For a map of art locations and events, please visit: http://theumbrellaarts.org/2016-Art-Ramble
18 inspired art installations beckon evocatively around and beyond Fairyland Pond, at the intersection of art, nature and community in this historic natural setting.
The Concord Education Fund (CEF) granted $16,000 this past spring to a team of teachers led by Robbins House board member Johanna Glazer for curriculum development work on African American history and updating the material in the 1976 book, Concord: Its Black History. The Concord and Concord-Carlisle school systems have committed to funding the website development pieces of this project. This grant also serves as a match for educational resources for our Institute of Museums and Library Services (IMLS) grant.