Traveling Exhibit

Fire and Thunder: Massachusetts Blacks in the Civil War

Massachusetts Blacks in the Civil War

The institution of slavery was a disease deeply embedded in the tissue of the new American republic. Though abolished in Massachusetts in the 1780’s, on the national stage it survived, to be destroyed only after a long and bloody civil war. “Fire and Thunder” tells the story of how blacks in Massachusetts fought – in the press, on the streets, from the pulpit, the lecture podium, and the battlefield – in defense of human dignity and freedom.

  • To borrow, contact:
  • Lida Harkins
    lida.harkins@sec.state.ma.us
    781-888-0239
    (includes 16 foam core panels measuring 56 x 32 inches)