Rainsford Island : A Hidden History of Neglect & Activism in Boston Harbor
Join us for the first in a series of lunchtime conversations presented by the Cambridge Room, the home of the Cambridge Public Library's Archives and Special Collections.
.: 12pm – 1:30pm.
Ages 18 and Adult and Senior Adult.
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For centuries, Boston Harbor's Rainsford Island was an off-shore repository for Boston's unwanted: "small pox victims, impoverished immigrants, violent criminals, drunkards, unwed mothers and their infants, mentally ill, and delinquent boys." The brutal living conditions left nearly 1,800 dead in unmarked graves.
Robin Hazard Ray and Bill McEvoy will share their research into the stories of those incarcerated and those who agitated to shut the island down.
Registration is required. A Zoom link will be sent to registrants 1 hour before the program starts.