ENCOUNTERING SLAVERY AND RACE IN NEW ENGLAND Slavery, Freedom, and the Growth of the African-American Population in Newton Dating back to the 1600s, Newton’s vibrant African-American population carved out a space from which they asserted their civil and religious rights. Tracey Graham, Ph.D. candidate at the University of Chicago, will discuss slavery’s appearance in Newton, trace its gradual end, and detail the growth of a black community in West Newton. She will also present new information gathered this fall by researchers involved in Historic Newton’s project to expand and update its Underground Railroad exhibit. At Myrtle Baptist Church, 21 Curve Street, West Newton. Free.