In this timeline, the journey of Darby Vassall (c. 1769-1861) and his family is filtered through the lenses of place, agency, community building, networking across differences, and voice as they work with others to sustain their lives and abolish slavery in America.
Darby and his brother Cyrus become founding members of the African Society, a mutual aid organization for free Black citizens in Massachusetts.
Darby’s sister Catherine and her husband Adam Lewis purchase a triangular lot at Garden Street and Concord Street, adding to the growing Lewisville Community in Cambridge.
Darby and his son-in-law Jonas W. Clark are signatories to resolutions at the New England Anti-Slavery Society convention.
Darby is listed among a who’s-who of New England abolitionists who donated to support the New England Anti-Slavery Society convention. William Cooper Nell, famous author and abolitionist, was also listed.
Darby passes away.