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.