THE HAZARD BROTHERS, LEOMINSTER, MA
In Leominster's Carter Park sits a bronze statue by sculptor Paul Cote as a memorial to African American soldier Oliver E. Hazard. Dressed in his military uniform of the Massachusetts 54 Volunteers, with arms folded across his chest, he holds his rifle over his right shoulder. Oliver Hazard fought for the North in the Civil War as part of the all-black Massachusetts 54th regiment. Oliver enlisted from Townsend, MA as a private in 1863 and mustered out in 1865, living in Leominster. He is buried in Leominster’s Evergreen Cemetery.
Nahum Hazard, known for his abduction with another Negro boy from in September 1839 to be sold into bondage in the South and his subsequent rescue, returned to the South as a soldier in the Union Army, assigned to the Massachusetts 55th regiment, the second of the all-colored regiments. Nahum died in 1913, seventy-four years after his abduction at the age of 84 and is buried in Hillside Cemetery in Townsend, MA.