Noteworthy in July: Boston African American Heritage and History events.


by the Partnership of Historic Bostons

Description: Follow in the footsteps of early Bostonians by taking our fabulous Founders Trail Tour.  This tour is original and carefully researched.  You won’t find it anywhere else.  You will visit the Founders Memorial, the sites of the Great Spring and the First Meeting House, Province House Steps, and much, much more.  

Sunday July 14, at 1:30 PM
MEET in front of the Boston State House. Hear the story of Boston’s early leaders and visit the places where they lived, worshiped, and governed. A $10 donation is requested by The Partnership of Historic Bostons.

You’re not going to find these in the tourist brochure racks like the one in the picture around town. These free African American heritage happenings include tours, films, speeches and more. All programs are open to the public. For additional information, call (617) 742-5415.

Black Heritage list of things to do.

I heard an African American say “why are you paying attention to Boston’s traditional 4th of July celebration, didn’t you read the Douglass speech?”

“All I remember about 4th of July when I was growing up as it was the time to have a family cookout. That’s all it meant to me,” a Black woman told me The Fourth is just another holiday to many American Blacks. Check out the What to the Slave is the Fourth? speech by Frederick Douglass. On July 4, 2019, I finally read it. Sit down with you read it, it is a long, complicated and emotional speech.

Sign up HERE for this fascinating walking tour. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday, July 14.  

July 18, 2019
The Museum of African American History in partnership with PEN America and Mass Humanities presents a program honoring Robert Gould Shaw and the Massachusetts 54th Regiment, “The Power and Presence of Women,” highlighting the role of female contributors Harriett Tubman, Charlotte Forten, and Susie King Taylor. Significantly, July 18th is the date of the 54th’s first major battle at Fort Wagner, South Carolina and is a celebrated site of the Civil War. Held at the African Meeting House, 46 Joy Street, doors open at 5:30pm; the program begins at 6:00pm. Author and Assistant Professor, Wellesley College, Dr. Kellie Carter Jackson, and Somerville’s inaugural poet laureate Nicole Terez Dutton join the Museum’s Director of Education, L’Merchie Frazier for the discussion. The program is part of the Museum’s series Race in the Public Dialogue. The Presenting Corporate Sponsor is Bank of America.

August 13, 2019
The Shaw 54th Restoration Partnership presents a free public screening of the Academy award-winning film about the Shaw 54th Regiment, Glory. The screening takes place on Boston Common at 8:00 pm.

Saturdays and Sundays, June 28 through September 1 at 3 p.m.
Rocking the Cradle: The Anthony Burns Meeting: Join us for this interactive program about Boston’s response to the case of Anthony Burns who was arrested under the Fugitive Slave Law in 1854. Facilitated by NPS staff in period clothing and presented in Faneuil Hall, a recently designated Network to Freedom site, this program recreates the public meeting held in the aftermath of Burn’s arrest in the actual room where the event took place. Meets in the Great Hall at Faneuil Hall. Free. 30 mins.

Saturdays and Sundays, June 28 through September 1 at 3:30
Ghosts of the Revolution: Anthony Burns Walking Tour : In May of 1854, slave catchers in Boston arrested Anthony Burns, a fugitive that escaped enslavement in Virginia. This walking tour explores the rendition of Anthony Burns through the voices of those who witnessed his march back into enslavement. Meets in the Great Hall. Free. 45 mins.

Saturday July 13 at 11:30
Meet Me at the Shaw: How has the Shaw/54th Memorial been used since its dedication in 1897? This program will highlight some of the various groups and individuals that have utilized the Memorial as a place of commemoration, gatherings, and protest for more than 120 years. Meets in the Find Your Parks Space at Faneuil Hall. Free. 30 mins.

Sunday July 21st at 11:30
Community Organization and the 54th Regiment: In January of 1863, following the Emancipation Proclamation, the 54th Massachusetts officially began to accept recruits. With volunteers enlisting from all over the northern United States, the efforts of local community leaders proved invaluable. Join us as we explore how these local leaders spearheaded the recruitment of this historic unit. Meets in the Find Your Park Space at Faneuil Hall. Free. 30 mins.

Sunday August 4th at 11:30
Boston’s Black Regiment: While only a small number of the soldiers of the 54th came from Boston, their stories provide deep insight into why these men enlisted. Come hear their stories and learn how the North Slope of Beacon Hill prepared these men for the Civil War. Meets in the Faneuil Hall Find Your Park Space. Free. 30 min.