Arts, sciences and humanities build healthier, more livable, vital communities. They are essential to a strong education system. They contribute enormously to our economy.
Clark University Professor, Janette Greenwood relates the history of a
network forged between Worcester County, Massachusetts, and eastern
North Carolina as a result of Worcester regiments taking control of
northeastern North Carolina during the Civil War. White soldiers from
Worcester, a hotbed of abolitionism, protected refugee slaves, set up
schools for them, and led them north at war's end. White patrons and a
supportive black community helped many migrants fulfill their
aspirations for complete emancipation and facilitated the arrival of
additional family members and friends. Migrants established a small
black community in Worcester with a distinctive southern flavor.