Hannah Hovey, Briton Hammon and the Earliest Black and Native Participants in Plymouth’s First Church (Plymouth)

October 17 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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Pilgrim Hall Museum

A spiritual ground zero for the Mayflower Pilgrims, First Church of Christ of Plymouth also offered spiritual sustenance and connection for people of color. A striking example is the 1762 wedding of Hannah Hovey, a black bondswoman living in Plymouth, and Briton Hammon, an enslaved sailor at the center of the first African American slave narrative.
Through their relationship to First Church, Professor Keith Greene explores the early history of Plymouth people of color, following these neglected parishioners through church archives, the records of white members with whom they were affiliated, and the expanding literature on black and Indigenous life in colonial New England, in order to understand life in First Church’s “negro pew.”

6pm light refreshments – 7pm lecture begins

Tickets $10 non-members, $5 members, free for students with valid ID. Purchase Tickets Here. You can also email membership@pilgrimhall.org, or call 508.746.0220, x 3.



October 17
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Pilgrim Hall Museum
75 Court Street
Plymouth, MA 02360
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