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Mass. 54th Regiment monument rededicated
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Mass. 54th Regiment monument rededicated
Hundreds of dignitaries gathered in front of the State House last week for the rededication of the newly-restored Robert Gould Shaw 54th Massachusetts Regiment memorial.
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Mattapan grave tells story of slavery, Haitian revolution
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Mattapan grave tells story of slavery, Haitian revolution
Deyaha Moussa was a Muslim kidnapped in West Africa, purchased in Saint-Domingue by T.H. Perkins of the eponymous School for the Blind, and who witnessed the Haitian Revolution combust. Perkins’ brother trafficked Moussa to Boston in 1793. He died in 1831 and now rests anonymously in Mattapan under a giant Celtic cross.
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Black history: The not-so-distant past
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Editorial
Black history: The not-so-distant past
Carter G. Woodson, a Black historian, established the concept of Black History Month in 1926. It was originally “Black History Week,” but it was later expanded to the whole month of February. Now, 94 years after Woodson’s idea took hold, it is good to consider its development.
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USPS Black Heritage stamp honors Edmonia Lewis
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Arts & Culture
USPS Black Heritage stamp honors Edmonia Lewis
On Jan. 26, the United States Postal Service will honor African American and Native American sculptor Edmonia Lewis with a new “forever” stamp.
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Hidden no more: New book from Free Soil Arts Collective tells Lowell’s Black stories
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Arts & Culture
Hidden no more: New book from Free Soil Arts Collective tells Lowell’s Black stories
Free Soil Arts Collective has debuted a book of interviews with Black residents of Lowell. “Hidden in Plain Sight: Stories of Black Lowell,” published Dec. 13, delves into the history of the city that’s often left behind in archives and dialogues.
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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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Arts & Culture
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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Arts & Culture
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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