Area’s Role in Fighting Slavery Praised

Mechanic’s Hall played a part in the Underground Railroad
Lowell Sun, 4/27/21, By Stefan Geller, sgeller@lowellsun.com
LOWELL>>Over 170 years ago, an escaped slave from Virginia named Nathaniel Booth opened a barbershop on the first floor of Mechanic’s Hall on Dutton Street, which became a hub for abolitionist activity. There, he and another fugitive slave, Edwin Moore, planned fundraising fairs, arranged visiting anti- slavery lectures and aided fellow freedom-seekers.
On Friday, it became one of 16 new sites officially recognized by the National Park Service for its role in the Underground Railroad.
“It’s incredibly exciting,” said Karen Frederick, CEO of Community Teamwork, the organization that now owns the building and uses it for youth services. “This history is so important for people to know about here in the city of Lowell.”