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Read more about Watching for birds, diversity: Audubon groups pledge change
Read more about Watching for birds, diversity: Audubon groups pledge change

Watching for birds, diversity: Audubon groups pledge change

Jul 19, 2021
Read more about Watching for birds, diversity: Audubon groups pledge change
Read more about Watching for birds, diversity: Audubon groups pledge change
When Boston socialites Minna Hall and Harriet Hemenway sought to end the slaughter of birds in the name of 19th century high fashion, they picked a logical namesake for their cause: John James Audubon, a naturalist celebrated for his stunning watercolors of American birds. Now, 125 years after the founding of the Massachusetts Audubon Society for the Protection of Birds, the organization and the nearly 500 Audubon chapters nationwide it helped inspire are reckoning with another side of Audubon’s life: He was also a slaveholder and staunch opponent of abolition.