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Jackson Family, from an 1846 daguerreotype
The Jackson Family, 1846, from a daguerreotype by Whipple of Boston. Courtesy The Jackson Homestead Archives

The Jackson Homestead - Station on the Underground Railroad

This 19th century structure is presently the site of the Museum and Historical Society of the City of Newton. Originally the home of abolitionist William Jackson, it is documented in his daughter Ellen's journal as a stop on the Underground Railroad, the secret escape route from slavery. It houses an extensive collection of historical artifacts and documents that are used for research, education, and interpretation of Newton's past and present.

Originally submitted by: Barney Frank, Representative (4th District).

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The Local Legacies project provides a "snapshot" of American Culture as it was expressed in spring of 2000. Consequently, it is not being updated with new or revised information with the exception of "Related Website" links.

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