News and Events

Unless otherwise noted, all lectures and book talks are held in the Slave Quarters located at 15 George Street in Medford, Massachusetts. Visit our Directions and Map page for more information. 

For regular public programs, admission is free for members, free for two guests per EBT card, and $10 for non-members. Tickets are available for purchase at the door unless otherwise noted. 

PLEASE NOTE: In light of public health concerns due to Covid-19, our board of directors has made the difficult decision to cancel our museum’s on-site programs and group tours, and remain closed to the public until further notice. 

We hope you will engage with us on social media, attend one of our virtual programs, or sign up for our e-newsletter, and we look forward to seeing you all again when we reopen.

Poetry as Protest: Porsha Olayiwola

Friday, November 6, 2020 at 6:30 – 7:30 PM

Image by Carlie Febo

Please join us for an evening of poetry and conversation with Porsha Olayiwola, poet laureate for the city of Boston and author of the book, i shimmer sometimes too. 

About the Author: Black, futurist, poet, dyke, hip-hop feminist, womanist: Porsha Olayiwola is a native of Chicago who now resides in Boston. She is a writer, performer, educator, and curator who uses afro-futurism and surrealism to examine historical and current issues in the Black, woman, and queer diasporas. She is an Individual World Poetry Slam Champion and the artistic director at MassLEAP, a literary youth organization. Olayiwola is an MFA Candidate at Emerson College, and the current poet laureate for the city of Boston.

About the Book: These poems dip their hands into the fabric of black womanhood, and revel in it. Shimmer establishes Olayiwola firmly in the lineage of black queer poetics, celebrating the work done by generations of poets from Audre Lorde to Danez Smith. This is a book of gentle breaking and inventive reconstruction. A book of self and community-care – the pursuit of building a world that will not only keep you alive, but keep you joyful.

“In language that is both pungent and poignant, Porsha Olayiwola plumbs a diaspora of resilience, rich in ringshouts and inner-city blues chanted to the sky. i shimmer sometimes, too is luminous indeed.” – Jabari Asim, author of We Can’t Breathe. 

How to Participate: Click below to reserve your spot at our Zoom event. The program will be recorded and posted on our YouTube channel, as well. Admission is free.

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Campaign Update from our Executive Director: Slave Quarters Preservation

We Did It!

When our campaign began, we were in the midst of what seemed like an impossible situation. We had to figure out how to finance the cost of unexpected and emergency repairs to the Slave Quarters while navigating the financial burden of closing our museum as a result of COVID-19.

As we often do at the RH&SQ, we turned to our community and asked for help. And, in our time of need, you all not only showed up but also you showed out! We have raised over $38,000 during the course of our campaign due to your generosity.

Because of your donations, our contractors are in the process of making the repairs to the Slave Quarters. The additional money we raised throughout the campaign will help us cover our operational costs, invest in technology for virtual programming, and bolster our programs on the legacies of enslavement today.

Although our campaign ends tonight, this is not a goodbye. We hope you will stay in touch with us on social media. And, if you want to keep up to date with our museum and our virtual programming for the Fall, please subscribe to our monthly e-newsletter.

With your support, we made the impossible, possible. Thank you from everyone at the RH&SQ. We are lucky to have you on our team!

All the best,

Kyera Singleton

Museums are not Neutral

As people across the world take to the streets to protest the police killings of Breonna Taylor in Louisville, George Floyd in Minneapolis, and Tony McDade in Tallahassee, we have a responsibility to speak out.

We are committed to telling the history of slavery and freedom while highlighting how the legacy of enslavement creates systemic inequalities today. Thus, we stand in solidarity with the protesters bravely fighting against police violence and demanding justice, accountability, and a transformation of policies that sustain racial and economic inequalities.

Our job is not only to listen, but also to uplift and amplify the history and voices of Black people locally, nationally, and globally in the struggle for freedom.

Museums are not Neutral. Black Lives Matter.