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“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.

Exhibits include:

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: Sunday, August 28, 2016 at 1 pm

Chuck Weisenberger will present his research on Erasmus Darwin Hudson at 1 pm on Sunday, August 28, 2016.

David Ruggles Center Pre-opening Celebration May 24, 2009