PM “Mini-Grant” Awarded to Royall House in Medford

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Royall House Slave Quarters Exterior View

Royall House in Medford

 Circuit Rider Michele Barker has noted in her post on the James Weldon Johnson House, Massachusetts has a long and not always well-recognized African-American heritage. For this February E-Newsletter, PM has chosen to highlight the rich trail of African-American sites in the Commonwealth like the Isaac Royall House and Slave Quarters in Medford. The Royall House and Slave Quarters includes a significant Georgian mansion (Loyalist) and the only extant Slave Quarters in the North which vividly illustrate the lives of the Royalls and the enslaved Africans who lived here over two and a half centuries ago.

For the first time in nearly 25 years, Preservation Massachusetts has been able to disperse matching grant funds as part of its Statewide Circuit Rider Program, in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. This past January, a “mini grant” in the amount of $1,000 was awarded to the Royall House Association to restore and interpret the house’s kitchen.  The project also sougth to furnish the room to better interpret its use and purpose by slaves working for the Royall family. The objective of the restoration is to provide accurate physical evidence to more fully illustrate the duality of the history of this important property and its further meaning.

For more information on tours of the Royall House and Slave Quarters, please visit their website www.royallhouse.org.

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