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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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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 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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Bostonians reflect on King’s unfinished agenda
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Bostonians reflect on King’s unfinished agenda
In early 1965, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. saw in Boston a city rife with segregation and politically dominated by whites. 55 years later, many Bostonians are ready to usher in a new era of Black women in positions of power. Despite these victories, local leaders insist that a lot must change before King’s dreams are realized.
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Parks Service compiling online database of 54th Regiment soldiers, officers
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Parks Service compiling online database of 54th Regiment soldiers, officers
The Boston African American National Historic Site’s “Faces of the 54th” soldier and officer database has collected the names and details of over 1,500 men who served with the volunteer 54th Massachusetts Regiment between 1863 and 1865, when the Civil War ended.
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Virtual play explores the legacy of Prince Hall
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Virtual play explores the legacy of Prince Hall
On Dec. 17 at 7 p.m., Stephen Sampson and Alex Jacobs reprise their performance of “The Petition” in a new Zoom format. Written by Cliff Odle and originally performed at the Old State House in 2019, the production explores the life and work of abolitionist and free Black man Prince Hall. The Zoom rendition is free to the public with online registration.
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Middle Passage memorial marker acknowledges Boston’s history of slavery
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Middle Passage memorial marker acknowledges Boston’s history of slavery
In early October, a memorial marker was installed at the end of Boston’s Long Wharf to acknowledge Boston’s history of slavery and to honor the Africans who died in and those who survived the transatlantic voyage known as the Middle Passage.
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Robert Gould Shaw Memorial undergoes historic restoration
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Robert Gould Shaw Memorial undergoes historic restoration
The famous August Saint-Gaudens sculpture and the stone structure that ensconced it are undergoing a restoration as part of a $3 million repair project organized by the Friends of the Public Garden in partnership with the National Park Service, the City of Boston and the Museum of African American History.
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MassArt Art Museum celebrates Elizabeth Freeman Day
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MassArt Art Museum celebrates Elizabeth Freeman Day
Last week, the MassArt Art Museum (MAAM) launched an ongoing celebration of Elizabeth “Mumbet” Freeman, the African American woman who sued for her freedom in 1781 based on the Massachusetts Bill of Rights and won.
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