Captain Ezra Foster House // 1832

It is troubling to learn that such a stunning historic home can represent such a dark history. I was walking Washington Street in Beverly Massachusetts, a residential street full of charm, when I snapped a photo of this home. When doing a little more research on the owner, I learned that Captain Ezra Foster was a sea captain involved with transporting slaves and other goods between Boston, Africa, and Rio De Janiero, Brazil. When many think of the dark history of slavery in America, they often think of the South. While slavery was eventually deemed unconstitutional in many New England states, it was common in the region historically; though not at the same numbers as the south. More research needs to be done to analyze and contextualize what happened in New England and how prevalent the slave trade was here for so long.

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