Praying Town

Puritans, christian Indians, King Philip’s War, Black slavery, abolitionist movement, and more: three centuries of history of Natick and Southern New England!

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Metrowest Daily News

The Natick Bulletin

Boston.com

 

PART ONE: JOHN ELIOT AND THE PRAYING INDIANS

A Puritan from England, John Eliot emigrated to America in 1631. Settled in Roxbury, he preached to the Natives of Southern New England and formed several Praying Towns for his Indian converts, Natick being the first.

His missionary work was a success, but King Philip’s War would shatter his future with the Natives.

 

 

PART TWO: THE BLACK SLAVES, THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION AND HENRY WILSON

     Officially, the African slaves were brought to Massachusetts in 1638. They intermarried with Native Americans, creating a new demography in Southern New England.

African Americans from Natick fought the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. Natick was also home to prominent abolitionists like Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom’s cabin, and Henry Wilson, a cobbler who later became vice-President of the United States.

 

 

 SCREENINGS

June 2012 : Morse Institute Library of Natick

June 2012:  Roxbury International Festival

July 2012:   Framingham History Center

Questions and Answers at the Screening in Sudbury

November 2012: Sudbury Grange Hall

March 10, 2013: Eliot Church of Natick

Zadi With Nancy Evans from the Iron Work Farm, Organizer 0f the Screening

March 13, 2013: Iron Work Farm – Acton

Q & A At the Dedham Historical Society after the screening

March 21, 2013: Dedham Historical Society

Beverly Hector-Smith, from the Bacon Hill Scholars, Organizer of the screening

April 10, 2013 : Museum of African American History Boston

 

DVD AVAILABLE FOR SALE

  

PRAYING TOWN (Documentary, 90 mn):
The History of Natick and Southern New England (2012) – USA – Zadi Zokou Productions

$20

To buy, please go to: www.natickhistoricalsociety.org

or email to: zokouzadi@hotmail.com

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