The following press release was issued by the Medfield Historical Society.
The Medfield Historical Society will present the second of its spring programs, “Green, Green and Greene: A Tale of Three 18th Century Medfield Families,” taking place at the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church at 26 North Street in Medfield tonight, March 4, at 7:30 p.m.
In pre-Revolutionary America, the institution of slavery was an accepted practice. Medfield was no exception—a number of respected families in Medfield were slaveholders.
In our March program, conducted by curator and Secretary Alice Crawley, we will focus on three Medfield men and their families: Warwick and Newport Green, brought here as slaves, and John Greene, most probably their owner, who voluntarily came to Medfield from Boston around 1773. John lived here, operated the town's potash works, and kept a low profile, but had some very interesting business and family connections in Boston (think Boston Tea Party).
Who was John Greene? What eventually happened to Warwick, Newport and his other slaves? How did Medfield treat its slave population? Come listen as we attempt to answer some of these questions, while undoubtedly raising others.
Admission is free and open to the public, although donations to offset program costs are always appreciated.