Center For Arts & Equity

May 6, 2023
Show at 1:00 pm
Doors open at 12:30 pm
FREE in adv.
FREE at the door
130 Pine Street, Florence, MA

2023 Founders Day Symposium

Lydia Maria Child in Florence and a Tribute to John H. Bracey, Jr.

The David Ruggles Center for History and Education will host its Annual Founders Day Symposium on Saturday, May 6, from 1:00-3:00 at the Bombyx Center for Arts and Equity.

Our guest speaker is Lydia Moland, the author of an acclaimed new biography of Lydia Maria Child, a key figure in the national movement to abolish slavery who spent critical years living in Florence.

Her talk will be preceded by a tribute to John H. Bracey, Jr.: author, activist, scholar and professor in the W.E.B. DuBois Department of Afro-American Studies at UMass Amherst. Erika Slocumb, a former student of Dr. Bracey, will speak to his influence on her and many others.


10:00-11:00 | Meet Lydia Moland in the Grow Food Organic Community Garden where we grow sugar beets on the same land Lydia and David Child did in the 1830s.

1:00-3:00 | A tribute to Dr. Bracey followed by Lydia Moland’s talk: “Gathering Flowers on the Dusty Road of Duty: Lydia Maria Child on Beauty and Reform”. Doors open at 12:30.

3:30-5:00 | Join us at the Ruggles Center to celebrate the life and legacy of John H. Bracey, Jr. with friends and family. Light refreshments provided.


This event is free of charge but donations are very much appreciated.

For further information write to

presented in collaboration with
Return to Calendar
Copyright © 2024 BOMBYX Center for Arts & Equity. All Rights Reserved.
Contact Form Demo

Hello there!

We're looking forward to hearing from you. Please let us know what's on your mind using the form below and we'll get back to you promptly.

crosschevron-down linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram