Back Bay to Nubian Square: a walking tour to the center of Black Boston

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Living in a hotel in the Back Bay, are you? An imaginary line divides Black Boston in Roxbury from the Back Bay. Huntington Avenue is that line and tourists downtown won’t cross it

The Back Bay to Black Boston walking tour is a few blocks up from Black Bay’s mostly white Newbury Street, Boston Marathon Finish Line Copley Square area. The starting line meets at the A. Phillip Randolph memorial statue in Back Bay MBTA station

We’ll be in the historic South End, and catalyst to contemporary African American culture in Boston. It is a Back Bay to Nubian Square route. Walk or consider a Blue Bike. It is self-guided or tour guided.

That’s Big Papi! A bridge at Fenway Park and Kenmore Station has been named after the star slugger.

At Nubian Square is Boston’s largest book store owned by a Black family. It is stocked with thousands of titles for adults and kids. The store has a toy section too!

We ran the tour with a couple who had just arrived from searching Harriet Tubman’s trek into Canada. On the Back Bay to Black Boston walking tour, the HARRIET TUBMAN MEMORIAL PARK is lit up! Its at the midway point.\

The route showcases premier Black-owned restaurants, night clubs, jazz clubs, beauty care salons for men or women and other historical event sites framing the African American experience in Boston now and then.

The tour goes to Lower Roxbury artwork galleries which are drawings and images on the sides of three story buildings. Each image tells a story about an important figure or an institution who were important pieces of Black Boston history.

It doesn’t make sense to call it Black Boston because all of Boston has been impacted by the African, however, in this neighborhood are more Black residents than in any other part of Boston so it has been named BLACK BOSTON.

The geography of African American culture hangs to the southern half of the city. Malcolm X lived and worked in it. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. worked and preached in it. Jazz greats play live. Back in the day there were many more jazz night clubs along this route.

Today a patchwork of neighborhoods named the South End, Ruggles Station, Lower Roxbury and the former Dudley Square now Nubian Square, make it what it is. And to get there, you have an option to UBER a section or more likely board the #43 Tremont MBTA bus for grass roots view or the area will skip after walking close by all the good stuff.

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