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From Moses Roper, Narrative of the Adventures and Escape of Moses Roper from American Slavery (London, 1846).


Moses Roper fled slavery in Florida, eventually making his way to Boston. In 1837 he published his autobiography, Narrative of My Escape from Slavery. While in Boston, Roper attended services at the “Bellnap Street” church, now known as the African Meeting House.

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Smith Court Stories

Smith Court Stories is a collaborative project of the Museum of African American History and Boston African American National Historic Site – a unit of the National Parks of Boston.

The creators of Smith Court Stories acknowledge that Smith Court in Beacon Hill sits on the unceded territory of the Massachusett Peoples, and their neighbors the Wampanoag and Nipmuc Peoples. We recognize these communities have stewarded this land for hundreds of generations.