“Florence has emerged as one of the most important Northeast locations for the interpretation of African Americans’ cause for freedom. Establishing an historical education center on Nonotuck Street will serve to deepen the experience of students, teachers and the general public.”
-Neil Larson, President Larson Fisher Associates, Inc. Historic Preservation and Planning Associates
The David Ruggles Center is open Sundays, June 5 – October 9, 2016 from 11 am to 2 pm and by appointment.
Lydia Maria Child: Abolitionist
David Ruggles: At the Vanguard of Liberty
“The Spirit Calls Me There:” Sojourner Truth in Florence, 1844 – 1857
Summer 2016 Second Saturday Walking Tours
Join us for walking tours of the African American Heritage Trail every second Saturday through October 8th at 10 am. Tours leave from the Sojourner Truth Statue at the corner of Park Street and Pine Street in Florence.
July 9 at 10 am: “Florence: Dedicated to the Proposition …” A History Walking Tour led by Tom Goldscheider
August 13 at 10 am led by Wendy Sinton, Sojourner Truth Statue Committee
September 10 at 10 am led by Tom Goldscheider, David Ruggles Center Committee
October 8 at 10 am led by Steve Strimer, David Ruggles Center Committee and Sojourner Truth Statue Committee
Special Event: Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 7 pm
Dr. Manisha Sinha speaks on her book, The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition at the Florence Civic Center in Florence. More information
David Ruggles Center Pre-opening Celebration May 24, 2009