Mary Walker’s Descendants Realize Their Rich Family History

Mary Walker was a former slave who escaped her owner, fled north, and came to owna Cambridge landmark.

Recent celebrations at the Blacksmith House have brought generations of Walker’s descendants to the Harvard Square home. It’s the first time they visited with the knowledge that the home is part of their own family heritage.

Fifteen of Walker’s descendents have come from as far away as New Jersey and Michigan, as well as right here in Massachusetts.

The house is relatively new information for Clare Kenney, of Midland Park, N.J., now 85 years old. She gingerly climbs the stairs of the 200-year-old house as the floors creak out a welcome.

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