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February 12, 2013 10:55 AM

Freed from slavery, Lexington's Lewis Hayden became leader for blacks in Massachusetts

With his own debt of freedom repaid, Lewis Hayden could focus on helping others become free. The escaped slave from Lexington already had accomplished a lot by this time, as I wrote in last Wednesday's column. By the late 1840s, Hayden was a leader in Boston's black community.

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