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Untold Lowell Stories : Black History


Until Martha Mayo retired in 2015, she directed the University of Massachusetts Lowell's Center for Lowell History, located in the Patrick J. Mogan Cultural Center, at 40 French Street, Lowell. 



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Martha Mayo, Center for Lowell History.
Photo courtesy Kevin Harkins, 2016.




The University of Massachusetts Lowell, Center for Lowell History was established in 1971 to assure the safekeeping, preservation, and availability for study research materials in unique subject areas, particularly those related to the Greater Lowell Area and the University of Massachusetts Lowell. In addition, the Center is committed to the design and implementation of historical and cultural programs and activities that link the University and the community in developing an economically strong and multi-culturally rich region.






Martha was committed to building special collections and research files for students, faculty members, independent scholars, and the general public. Among her many Lowell research interests are Black History, Women’s History, and Immigrant History.

The COVID19 crisis created time for her to developed some of these stories. The Center for Lowell History is pleased to share her stories.

Lowell History Story Collections:

August 2020, Lowell Women and the Vote

February 2021, Lowell Black History

Archivist and Special Projects Manager Tony Sampas provided the images for the stories, based on Martha's suggestions, some of which link to the original source material.

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