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Florence Higginbotham House (MAAH)

29 York St. Nantucket Island, MA
(508) 228-9833


The Higginbotham house was purchased by Seneca Boston, an African American, on September 13, 1774. Boston was a weaver and formerly enslaved man who purchased the land a decade before slavery was abolished in Massachusetts.

Absalom Boston, the well-known Nantucket whaling captain, was one of the six children of Seneca Boston and his wife, Thankful Micah, a Wampanoag Indian, who all lived in the house. Except for a period of less than one year, the property was owned by African-Americans for the next two centuries.

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