Work in the mills may have allowed New Bedford residents to make a living, but it was never a good living for most. And it was never an easy life.
In the past year, some social clubs in New Bedford have closed their doors, perhaps even permanently. The Young Cape Verdean Athletic Association and the Elks Lodge have listed their properties for sale.
Columnist Jack Spillane surveys the pandemic’s toll on New Bedford, from the Latino community to health care workers.
An analysis of New Bedford death certificates reveals a surprising cluster of deaths among elderly residents who worked for decades when the textile and apparel industry was at its peak.