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Dina R. Zeldin

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A Goose, a Janitor, and a Poem Walk into Harvard Yard

Abdy, born around 1650, served as a sweeper and bedmaker at Harvard from 1718 until his death in 1730 or 31, primarily in Stoughton Hall. It is not immediately clear why such a figure would be memorialized in this form, or by whom.