susie king taylor

Rebecca Stone Byrd from UNC Charlotte will deliver a talk on the life and legacy of Susie King Taylor, including her connection to Roxbury.

May 15 at 6:30pm
First Church in Roxbury
10 Putnam Street

The Susie King Taylor Memorial Project seeks to honor the life and legacy of Ms. Susie King Taylor, through an updated headstone and a More-Than-a-Dash Tag. It also seeks to officially commemorate her life with a stone renewal ceremony at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Mattapan, MA where she is currently laid to rest. This project will provide the community at large an opportunity to honor and celebrate her contributions to the Civil War and cement her stamp on African American History.

This event is free and all are welcome.

cochituate standpipe tour

May is Preservation Month in the City of Boston. In conjunction with the Landmarks Commission, the Roxbury Historical Society will be opening the historic Cochituate Standpipe at the top of Fort Hill in Highland Park.

Learn about how this water tower once served the city of Boston & climb to the top and see the great view. Former State Representative Byron Rushing and former director of the Waterworks Museum Marcis Kempe will speak about its history and explain how the standpipe functioned.

This event is free and all are welcome.

Sunday, May 5 from 3-5pm

William Dawes’ Secret

First Church of Roxbury 10 Putnam Street Roxbury, MA 02119 (map)

William Dawes, Jr., is known today only as the other rider who carried news of the British army march to Lexington in April 1775. Like the more famous Paul Revere, Dawes was deeply involved in the Patriot movement for years before and after that date. This talk reveals Dawes the militia organizer, the fashion icon, even the arms smuggler whose secret mission for the Patriots’ Committee of Safety helped bring on the Revolutionary War.

The speaker will be J. L. Bell, who is the author of The Road to Concord: How Four Stolen Cannon Ignited the Revolutionary War. He maintains the website, offering daily helpings of history, analysis, and unabashed gossip about Revolutionary New England. Bell has spoken at many historical sites in greater Boston and consulted for the National Park Service, the Lexington Historical Society, and the History Detectives TV show.

Join us at the First Church in Roxbury, 10 Putnam Street, Roxbury to learn more about this lesser-known hero of pre-Revolutionary Boston.

This event is co-sponsored by the Roxbury Historical Society, the Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry and the JPHS. Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Check out the latest at the Shirley-Eustis House

City Archaeologist Joe Bagley and the City of Boston Archaeology program are currently digging at the Shirley-Eustis House! They are hoping to find the original foundation of the Mansion, particularly the location of the winter kitchen, and also privies. The dig started on October 1st and is expected to last for about two or three weeks.

Check out these panoramic, interactive photos of the dig site.

More information here.

Highland Park/Fort Hill Preservation Month Walk

As part of Boston Preservation Month there will be a walking discussion in Highland Park/Fort Hill to discuss how the neighborhood has grown and changed over its long history in terms of urban form and social dynamics.

Led by Curtis Perrin and Barry Gaither. Meet at 11AM, Saturday, May 26 at the Hubway/BlueBikes station out front of Roxbury Crossing T Station.

Please RSVP to All are welcome, and this event is free and should last about 2 hours.

RHS History & Justice Lecture Series

Don’t miss the History and Justice Lecture Series  co-sponsored by the Roxbury Historical Society and the Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry.

First Church in Roxbury – 10 Putnam Street, Eliot Square,
Roxbury, MA 02119

Community dinner at 6 PM. Lecture at 6:30 PM.
Free and open to the public.

January 9, 2017 – Abolition and Slavery in Roxbury
With State Rep. Byron Rushing

Feb 13-The Roxbury Defenders
Learn the history of  this group  founded by attorneys  in 1971  to defend people in Roxbury  accused of crimes, and to provide legal advice to those who needed it.

Four former  members of the Roxbury Defenders who later all became prominent judges will participate. The Honorable Leslie Harris,  Associate Justice, Suffolk Juvenile Court (Roxbury) (retired),
the Honorable Geraldine Hines, Associate Justice, Supreme Judicial Court (retired), the Honorable Roderick Ireland, Chief Justice, Supreme Judicial Court (retired) and the Honorable Milton Wright, First Justice, Roxbury Division, Boston Municipal Court  (retired)

March  13 – Stopping a Highway:
The story of how an unlikely multiracial coalition of urban and suburban residents, planners, and activists emerged to stop an interstate highway 
eaturing Dr. Karilyn Crockett, Director of Economic Policy and Research, Small Business Development with the City of Boston

Landmarking Hearing for the Hampton/Bond house in Roxbury

A hearing for the landmarking of Henry Hampton’s house at 88 Lambert Ave. will be held at Boston City Hall, 9th Floor, at 6PM on Tuesday, June 27. Entry to City Hall at night is via the back entry on the Congress Street side (facing Fanueil Hall).

88 Lambert Ave. was the base of operations for Hampton’s studio Blackside as well as being his residence. Hampton won several Emmy awards and is famous for his documentary “Eyes on the Prize,” which is credited with shifting the narrative on Civil Rights from victimization to strength. He was a vital presence in the community for many years.

The house is also important as an excellent piece of architecture dating from the Regency period in the 1830s. It was designed by the notable early American architect Richard Bond.

This house is of National importance because of its association with the Civil Rights movement.

Public attendance at the hearing will show that the community is committed to saving this house.

Remembering Henry Hampton In Roxbury

A conversation with  Callie Crossley of 89.7 WGBH and Honorable Judge Leslie Harris about the historical 88 Lambert Avenue estate in Roxbury, a former residence of Henry Hampton and the Harris Family.

The discussion will also explore the early years of Blackside, Inc. production company of Eyes on the Prize founded by Mr. Hampton and established in Roxbury.

Thursday, June 8th, 2017 | 6:30 pm
First Church in Roxbury 10 Putnam St. Roxbury, MA


Co-Sponsors: Haley House Bakery Cafe & The Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry