GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS
The Mystic Valley Branch of the NAACP meets on the 4th Monday of every month at 7:30PM. The schedule is modified for holidays and conflicting meetings. Branch meetings will continue to be held virtually on Zoom in order to maintain social distancing, until in person meetings are safe to resume.
Meeting dates for 2022:
Monday, January 31st
Monday, February 28th
Monday, March 28th
Monday, April 25th
Monday, May 23rd
Monday, June 27th
Monday, July 25th
Monday, August 22nd
Monday, September 19th
Monday, October 24th
Monday, November 28th
Dec – Recess for the Holiday Season
Interested in attending a meeting or have questions? Please email us at email@example.com
For more events and meetings check out the NAACP calendar
THE QUOCK WALKER DAY BILL
Quock Walker’s Precedent Setting Journey to Freedom
On May 4, 1754, Zedekiah Stone sold Mingo, Dinah, and 9-month-old Quock to James Caldwell of the Rutland District for 180 pounds. Twenty-seven years later, in 1781, Quock Walker self-emancipated and was awarded monetary damages for being assaulted by his former enslaver. His former enslaver, who was the widower of James Caldwell’s widow, appealed the decision that Walker was a free man and lost the second case as well. Two years later, in 1783, Justice William Cushing of Scituate, who was the Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court during the last of the Quock Walker Cases, noted in his instructions to the jury, “the idea of slavery is inconsistent with our own conduct and Constitution”. Walker’s judicial journey ended slavery in Massachusetts and fostered growth of a Black middle class in Massachusetts. Children of the Quock Walker generation were born free and used their economic and political strength to fuel the abolitionist movement.
Youth of Quock Walker’s Generation and the Abolitionist Movement
Mary J. "Polly" Johnson (1784-1871) was an African American entrepreneur, one of New Bedford’s best-known abolitionists, and she and her husband provided the first free home for Frederick Douglass.
Mr. Walker’s nephew, Quock Walker Lewis (1798-1856), was born in Barre and was an active abolitionist and entrepreneur in Boston and Lowell. Mr. Walker Lewis, along with several fellow members of the Prince Hall Lodge, met in 1826 and established the Massachusetts General Colored Association (MGCA) “to promote the welfare of the race by working for the destruction of slavery.” The MGCA was the first all-black abolitionist organization in the United States. The MGCA later merged with William Lloyd Garrison’s New England Anti-Slavery Society, which was then renamed the Boston Anti-Slavery Society.