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Black History Month Marked With Programs At New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park

In celebration of Black History Month in February, New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park will offer several programs to recognize and honor the remarkable achievements of African-Americans from New Bedford. All events are free and will be held at the visitor center located in New Bedford, Massachusetts.
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Unveiling 54th Regiment Walkway At New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park

The 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment was one of the first federally recognized African American regiments that fought in the Civil War with an enlistment station for Company C adjacent to the U.S. Custom House in downtown New Bedford. More than 60 men from New Bedford enlisted in Company C or other Companies of the 54th Regiment. A brick walkway with the names of New Bedford men enlisted with the 54th Regiment will be unveiled and dedicated to this accomplished and determined group of men on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Custom House Square, downtown New Bedford, just steps away from where the recruiting station was once located.
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Loss of the Historic Baker-Robinson Whale Oil Refinery Rankles Officials at New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park

The recent loss of a historic whale oil refinery in the vicinity of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park serves as a harsh reminder that historic preservation is typically subject to marketplace rules.
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