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Bells of emancipation rang across the Valley

To the editor:

Thank you for your coverage of local events to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation on Jan. 1. This event was more than two gatherings in Florence and Amherst. Over 25 churches and colleges throughout the state (and two out-of-state churches) also rang their bells to mark this important event. We would like to thank the following local institutions for their participation:

University of Massachusetts Amherst; Amherst College (Johnson Chapel and Stearns Tower); Grace Episcopal Church (Amherst); Belchertown United Church of Christ; First Church of Deerfield; Florence Congregational Church; Cosmian Bell at the Florence Civic Center; First Congregational Church of Hatfield; Haydenville Congregational Church; Peace Pagoda (Leverett); Moores Corner Schoolhouse (North Leverett); Edwards Church (Northampton); First Churches (Northampton); St. John’s Episcopal Church (Northampton); Pelham Historical Society; Wendell Meetinghouse; West Cummington Congregational Church; and churches in Ashfield, Greenfield, Hadley, Plainfield and Worthington.

Linda Ziegenbein


Linda Ziegenbein is with the David Ruggles Center for Early Florence History.

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