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African-American Perspectives

Videos At Sherrill Library

To reserve these videos, call the Sherrill Library (617-349-8850).


Far From Home: A Documentary [on Boston school desegregation]

Far From Home




 Dudley Square

Holding Ground: The Rebirth of Dudley Street [Video]








Boston's African American History

African American Heritage Trail of
Martha's Vineyard

Featuring 16 sites dedicated to the contributions made by people of African descent to the history of the island, this organization also offers research services and educational resources.

Boston African Americana Project

Coordinated by the Boston Athenaeum, this site gathers visual and textual materials held by the Athenaeum, the Bostonian Society, Historic New England, and the Massachusetts Historical Society. Their digital archive contains images and transcriptions of over five hundred items spanning the years 1770 to 1950.

Boston African American National Historic Site

Comprised of the largest area of pre-Civil War black owned structures in the U.S., it has roughly two dozen sites on the north face of Beacon Hill. These historic buildings were homes, businesses, schools, and churches of a thriving black community that, in the face of great opposition, fought the forces of slavery and inequality.  Take a trip downtown and travel the Black Heritage Trail!

Museum of African American History

Dedicated to preserving, conserving and accurately interpreting the contributions of African Americans in New England from the colonial period through the 19th century.

Boston Neighborhoods

Dorchester Then & NowDorchester

Dorchester, Then & Now, by Anthony Mitchell Sammarco, Lesley Sherrill Library F74.D5 S26 2000 - 2nd floor.

My Dorchester - Events calendar, community organizations, and more. Read about Dorchester in Wikipedia.


Roxbury Then & Now


Roxbury, Then & Now, by Anthony Mitchell Sammarco, Lesley Sherrill Library F74.R9 S26 1997 - 2nd floor.

Discover Roxbury - the center of Boston's African American Community. Experience it for yourself by taking a self-guided walking tour. See tours, events, notable residents and history. Read about Roxbury in Wikipedia.


 Dudley Street runs through Dorchester and North Roxbury. Read about the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative - "to empower Dudley residents to organize, plan for, create and control a vibrant, diverse and high quality neighborhood."


The Boston Busing Controversy

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