Boston’s Reparations for Slavery Status and Update


Uncovering Boston’s 400-year history about how Africans were purchased and brought over to the city is a mangled treasure trove of government sanctoned practices where racism, capitalism, the Puritans, the Quakers, Engish venture capitalist, local insurance companies religious doctrine, sugar plantations in Barbados, American Indians, and the passengers aboard the Mayfower ship, all had roles in bringing slavery into the United States of America,

City of Boston administration officals are taking reparations for its historical role in the slave trade with the African continent serious. On December 21, 2022, the City Council passed an ordinance that created a Reparations Task Force. This Task Force is responsible for researching and documenting the City of Boston’s role in and historical ties to the African slave trade and the institutions and legacies of slavery. Read the how the city is hiring scholars and experts to perform tne work here at

GBH is offering a reparations podcast series titled “WHAT IS OWED.?” Listen to the podcast here. You can attend the grand kickoff and participate with a panel of experts Register Here. The event is being held Thursday, February 22, 2024 at 5:30 PM adn the Boston Public Library at 700 Boylston St. in Copley Square.

A replica of the Mayflower ship is showing below,