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Royall House and Slave Quarters Awarded 2013 Massachusetts History Commendation

Posted by boston.com  July 26, 2013 10:00 AM

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The following was submitted by the Royall House Slave Quarters:

Mass Humanities presented the Royall House and Slave Quarters with the 2013 Massachusetts History Commendation at its annual Mass History Conference last month. This award recognizes groups or individuals who do outstanding work to make history more relevant and meaningful to the people of Massachusetts. 

We are honored and humbled to receive this public recognition from Mass Humanities.  The commendation provides valuable incentive to continue our work educating young people and the general public about the enslaved people who helped build Massachusetts and our nation.

Explaining why our organization was chosen for recognition, Pleun Bouricius, assistant director of Mass Humanities, said, “During the past decade, the Royall House and Slave Quarters has acted upon the recognition that its concrete and physical connection to the local history of enslavement of African-Americans needed to be brought to the fore. The organization committed itself to historical honesty, wrote grant proposals and researched its history, collaborated on extensive archaeology work, and created and implemented a plan to adjust its identity as a historic site. With the help of dedicated volunteers, the Royall House and Slave Quarter is emerging as a leader in its field in Massachusetts, and an example to other organizations with small purses and large plans.” 

Past recipients of the Commendation include State Representative Byron Rushing and the Historical Journal of Massachusetts.  

The award further strengthens the relationship between our organization and Mass Humanities. Established in 1974 as the state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Mass Humanities is a programming and grant-making organization that receives support from the NEH and the Massachusetts Cultural Council as well as private sources.  Over the past decade, Mass Humanities has awarded several grants to the museum to support its work. These have included funding to develop on-site school programs, research into the correspondence of the Royall family, and the launch of a new website to better tell the museum’s story.

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Summer's Here and the Time Is Right for Touring the Museum
Our tour season is in full swing, and we hope you'll plan to visit. The museum is open for regular tours through November 3rd, and special group tours can be arranged.  Guided tours of the property and both buildings are offered every Saturday and Sunday, on the hour from 1 to 4 p.m.  Admission to the Slave Quarters, which also houses the archaeological exhibit, gift shop, and restrooms, is free of charge. 

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