April 18th Presentation Postponed

In February, when we started the campaign to raise money for one  grave stone for Dr. Rebecca Crumpler and Arthur Crumpler, we assumed it would take months to get the word out and to raise the $5,000.    Surprisingly it took about 2 weeks to surpass the goal thanks  to social medial sharing and a Boston Globe article.

Twos grave stones have been order from a Vermont quarry. We  hope work will  soon resume, and that our order  quickly work its way to the head of the queue.  The stones will be shipped to Quincy where they will be inscribed before installation at Fairview Cemetery.

Since the April 18th Historical Society event has been cancelled, here is some interesting  information about Dr. Crumpler’s life.

1855 Charlestown Massachusetts Census 

 (Wyatt Lee – Rebecca Lee)1855 MA cenus - Charlestown Ward 3 cropped

Boston Post  May 28, 1869 

Anniversary Meeting of the New England Anti-slavery Society



The New Journal     

Wilmington Delaware, March 17, 1874


1880  Federal Census Norfolk County, Massachusetts 

croppedResident and Business  Directory of Hyde Park, Massachusetts  – Similar information  in  1883, 1884  and 1885 1883-85 W.River Street

More primary source material in the next posting.  Stay well and take the time to read about local and state history. 

Go for a walk in a cemetery to see history and spring time. FYI – Mount Auburn Cemetery has closed it gates to walkers  because the roadways and paths were becoming crowded.  Try Forest Hills – Jamaica Pain, Brookdale – Dedham,  Cedar Grove – Dorchester,  Calvary, New Calvary and Mt. Hope – Roslindale/Boston,  and of course Fairview – Hyde Park  just  to name just a few. 


Two ways to support the Crumpler project

  1. Make out a check to Friends of the Hyde Park Branch Library indicating that it is for the Crumpler Fund. Address: Hyde Park Library, 35 Harvard Avenue, Hyde Park, MA, 02136 Paypal buttons below. Please supply your name, phone number and email address when prompted.

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