Created By: Katie Mannix
Nathan and Mary "Polly" Johnson were free blacks who lived and worked in the city of New Bedford. The Johnsons owned several properties and businesses, including a catering business and confectionary. In addition, the Johnsons were informed and active abolitionists. It was the Johnsons who housed Frederick Douglass and his wife Anna on this site from 1838-1839 after Douglass' escape from slavery.
Information courtesy the National Park Service - https://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/underground/ma6.htm
This point of interest is part of the tour: New Bedford Historical Walking Tour