NANTUCKET, MA – The Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) is pleased to present Rights & Race, a new exhibition at Hadwen House on May 24, 2018. Nantucket has a long history of supporting socially progressive causes, thanks in large part to the island’s Quaker heritage, which follows the tenets of equality, personal integrity, simplicity, community, and non-violence. In the nineteenth century, many Nantucketers actively worked to abolish slavery, elevate the status of women through suffrage and equal protection under the law, and increase educational opportunities for minorities.
This exhibition explores the most pressing ethical issues of the nineteenth century and the many ways in which Nantucket’s wealthy elite, particularly the Hadwen and Barney families, participated in these movements. The exhibition also tells the story of some of Nantucket’s notable people of color and their leadership in the fight for desegregated public education. An interactive installation, New Arrivals, New Voices presents Nantucket’s long, complicated history of cultural interaction and diversity, from the native Wampanoag population and the thriving community of New Guinea, to the culturally diverse, year-round population that inhabits the island today.