Summertime grants life change - JULY 14 Newsletter 1
Sightseeing images from Highland Park, a residential area in Black Boston near Dudley Square and the heart of Black Boston.
Highland Park boasts amazing, large and architecturally interesting homes built in the early years. A house once home to famous abolitionist Lloyd Garrison looks upon Highland Avenue. You will see some fabolous mansions in the area. The one in this photo is more modest than others.
These artful figures are in a park outside the Timilty Middle School in Roxbury, an area populated by diverse residents, African restaurants and Black businesses.
If you are learning about Boston history use the Black Heritage tours to get the whole story.
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the Home of The Boston Red Sox
End your day on a perfect note on this 90-minute sunset cruise sightseeing tour which provides spectacular views of the sunset and the Boston skyline. With this cruise you'll be introduced to all the history, sights and lore that Boston Harbor has to offer, plus you'll be on hand to witness the USS Constitution's sunset serenade as she fires her cannon and lowers her flag ceremoniously signaling the day's end.
Learn more about Black Boston history and African American contributions to the New England states.
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Black Heritage Tours
There is more to Black Boston than you can see in one day and no wonder. Beginning with the Early Africans, there are imprints of the Black presence all over America's oldest city, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, Cape Cod and the New England states. You could start with structured Black Heritage Trail tours of Boston and Portsmouth New Hampshire because they are accessible daytime activities and day trip experiences.
The best known Black-owned churches, restaurants, and jazz sites are in Roxbury or Lower Roxbury. "Black Boston" has three of eighteen Boston Main Street districts we call the neighborhoods. Black Boston includes Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan. Sign-Up Tour Packages
Founding the first Black Boston community
One Dorcas de Blackmore, an African woman from Angola, was baptized in the 1640s at the First Church in Dorchester. Owned by the Puritan Blackmore family who put her to work in their homestead, she met a Black man who lived a distance away. Dorcas was unique. She learned English and could speak it better than Whites. She became a respected member of the Blackamore's church. The membership pooled their money together to buy her freedom. The Early Africans naturally formed romantic relationships with one another despite their restricted, enslaved status in the colony.
A self-sustaining African American community formed. Blacks were living on Beacon Hill, the West End and in the North End. History has it that blacks and "bad" people took resident in these neighborhoods in the 17th century because the property was cheap due to the smell from Charles River nearby. It was the dumping ground for all the City of Boston's waste and refuse.
Black Beacon Hill was the safest place for Black folks in Early Boston. The community practiced anti-slavery campaigns and operated an Underground Railroad route. They dug tunnels between the attached houses to escape slavecatchers, who dared traveling into the hill's back alleys because they were likely to run into Black men ready to fight and protect fleeing slaves. Blacks moved off Beacon Hill when a wave of immigrants, many whom were Jewish, came to live there. A prominent Jewish synagogue building still stands on the Beacon Hill Black Heritage Trail.