Lighting the Way Walking Tour

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Women Making a Difference on Spring & Seventh Streets
Friday, June 28, 2019
10 am – 11 am

Attendees heard stories about the lives of historic women who lived and worked on Spring and Seventh Streets in New Bedford. This free one-hour tour with experts from the “Lighting the Way Historic Women of the SouthCoast” project focused on women such as champion of historic preservation Sarah Ashley Delano, community leaders such as Archangela Fortes and peacemaker Rachel Howland, educator and labor leader Margaret Ryckebusch, abolitionists Polly Johnson and Amelia Piper, entrepreneur Phebe Mendall, and brilliant business woman and financier Hetty Green.


About the Project

Lighting the Way: Historic Women of SouthCoast explores the historical impact of women from the region. As educators and philanthropists, abolitionists and crusaders for social justice, investors and confectioners, sister sailors and millworkers, women from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds have shaped their SouthCoast communities, the nation, and the world. Lighting the Way is unearthing remarkable stories of women’s callings that required grit, tenacity, and enduring commitment to their families, careers and communities.