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What is Juneteenth?
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What is Juneteenth?
When Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger issued General Orders, Number 3 and thus emancipating the slaves of Texas on June 19, 1865, he had no idea that he was also establishing the basis for a holiday, “Juneteenth” (“June” plus “Nineteenth”), today the most popular annual celebration of emancipation from slavery in the United States.
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MFA’s Dana Chandler acquisition headlines upcoming show
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Arts & Culture
MFA’s Dana Chandler acquisition headlines upcoming show
In 1974, artist Dana Chandler created “Fred Hampton’s Door 2” here in Boston. The visceral, moving piece memorialized the brutal murder of Black Panther leader Fred Hampton and several of his associates. This spring, the MFA acquired the life-size installation, bringing the conversation full circle.
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Discovery of 1810 Salem census illuminates local Black history
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Discovery of 1810 Salem census illuminates local Black history
While preparing an Instagram post for the PEMLibrary account, Meaghan Wright and Hannah Swan discovered an 1810 census of Salem, Massachusetts in a selection of un-catalogued records. That census has developed into a treasure trove of information about the historical Black population of the city.
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Castle of Our Skins explores the beauty and power of African American spirituals
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Castle of Our Skins explores the beauty and power of African American spirituals
“Witness: Spirituals and the Classical Music Tradition,” a collaboration between Castle of Our Skins and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, explores the beauty and power of African American spirituals through a classical lens.
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An artistic dream realized
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Arts & Culture
An artistic dream realized
Last week, the Boston Art Commission approved artist Hank Willis Thomas’ final design for “The Embrace,” a sculptural tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King that will live on the Boston Common.
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History gets a reality check
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Arts & Culture
History gets a reality check
Local living history organization History at Play has partnered with historical interpreter Cheyney McKnight to delve into the untold stories of enslaved people in the 18th century. On March 12 at 7:30 p.m., “Not Your Momma’s History: The Life of an Enslaved Lady’s Maid” streams live on Zoom.
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Test your Black history knowledge
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Black History
Test your Black history knowledge
Think you know Black history? Let's find out. Answers at the end—no peeking!
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Black History Milestones
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Black History
Black History Milestones
The road to civil rights in America was a long journey made possible by prominent leaders and a desire for equal rights.
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Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad
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Black History
Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad
Considered one of the most courageous operations to free imprisoned slaves, the Underground Railroad was an important network of people and paths that assisted escapees to the north and Canada.
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Black Walden came first; Thoreau, after
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Black History
Black Walden came first; Thoreau, after
Before Henry David Thoreau drew attention to the Walden Woods, it had already earned a place in America’s Black history.
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MFA Boston to host online community celebration for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
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MFA Boston to host online community celebration for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
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King’s life reflects story of a movement
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Black History
King’s life reflects story of a movement
The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. the son and grandson of Baptist ministers, was born not just to preach, but to preach to the world.
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