On October 21st, 2014, the Beacon Hill Scholars and Boston African American NHS once again celebrated the March of Women's Courage. This annual event honors the brave members of the Boston Female-Antislavery Society who walked arm in arm through a crowd of belligerent anti-abolitionists to hold their meeting in 1835. This year's guest speaker was Boston African American NHS Park Ranger Sentidra Joseph who discussed this historic event and what it means to us today.
On October 1st, 2014, Boston National Historical Park marked its 40th anniversary with a celebration and cake at the Faneuil Hall Visitor Center in downtown Boston. Park staff, partners and the public turned out for this event which featured brief remarks from Superintendent Cassius Cash and all of the partner sites along the Freedom Trail and Black Heritage Trail. Pictured are staff from Boston NHP and Boston African American National Historic Site.
From left, LONG Ranger Rick Jenkins, BOAF Ranger Ryan McNabb, and LONG Ranger Rob Vellela.
On Saturday March 1st, BOAF Ranger Ryan McNabb along with Longfellow House-Washington Headquarters National Historic Site (LONG) Rangers Rick Jenkins and Rob Vellela presented their joint program The Tender Heart and Brave, at New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park (NEBE) as part of its month long series highlighting the abolitionist movement. The Tender Heart and Brave is a dramatic reading of the letters of the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Senator Charles Sumner, two of the most influential spokesmen of the 19th century. This program traces their relationship through almosts 40 years of friendship and helps illustrate their relationship to slavery, abolition, and the Civil War.
BOAF Moves to New Office Space in Downtown Boston
Writers, Reformers and Radicals Tour a Success
On September 8th, the Boston African American National Historic Site and the Longfellow National Historic Site joined forces to offer two walking tours entitled Longfellow's Beacon Hill: Writers, Reformers, and Radicals. Sentidra Joseph from Boston African American and Rob Velello from Longfellow created this program which focused on Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's circle of friends that lived on the Hill. Over forty people attended the two programs, and plans are being made to offer this program again in the near future.
Vandalism at the Robert Gould Shaw Memorial
On July 31, 2012, a female suspect identified as Rosemine Occean, 38, was observed by BOAF interpretive rangers throwing yellow paint on the Robert Gould Shaw and Massachusetts 54th Regiment Memorial across from the Massachusetts State House on the Black Heritage Trail. Three bystanders were also splattered with paint. NPS LE Rangers Chris O'Shea, Dylan McDonald, and Harvey Simon responded along with a Massachusetts State Police Trooper and several Boston Police units. The suspect admitted to throwing the paint and was arrested by Boston Police.Conservators hired by the Friends of the Boston Common and Public Garden will begin cleanup tomorrow and the work is expected to take about a week to complete. Tours of the Black Heritage Trail® will continue to be held as scheduled.
The Boston African American National Historic Site Co-Sponsors Communal Reading of Frederick Douglass Speech
On July 2, 2012, the Boston African American National Historic Site was proud to co-sponsor a communal reading of Frederick Douglass' Speech, "The Meaning of the Fourth of July for the Negro." This event brought people from all over the region together to read, listen to and follow along with one of Frederick Douglass' most famous speeches. For more information about this program, please visit Mass Humanities. To see pictures from the event, please visit our Photos and Multimedia page.
Rangers from Boston African American National Historic Site Celebrate the Annual Bunker Hill Day Parade in Charlestown
On June 10, 2012, Rangers from the Boston African American National Historic Site took part in the Annual Bunker Hill Day Parade in Charlestown, MA. This parade takes place every year to commemorate the Battle of Bunker Hill, one of the first major engagements of the American Revolution, which took place 237 years ago. Sailors from the USS Constitution led some fifteen hundred participants, including Revolutionary and Civil War Re-enactors, as well as Rangers from Boston National Historic Park and Boston African American National Historic Site. Rangers Sentidra Joseph and Wayne McCray marched in the parade to represent the Site and interact with the community. Please visit our Photos and Multimedia page to see more pictures from the parade.
Boston National Historic Park
Opening of the new Faneuil Hall Visitor Center!
On May 25, 2012, Boston National Historic Park and the Boston African American National Historic Site were proud to open the new National Park Visitor Center at Faneuil Hall. The new facility is home to new exhibits, an audio-visual orientation program and a bookstore. The new visitor center will serve as a starting point for the Freedom Trail tours, as well as for the new tour by the Boston African American National Historic Site, Freedom's Trial: Civil Rights to Civil War. Park visitors will have the opportunity to go on ranger guided tours or to use the Park's new smart phone and iPad applications to design their own walking tours of Boston's major historic sites. U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano all spoke to visitor's at the opening.
Read the Associated Press story here.
Erik Jacobs for The Boston Globe
Blazing the other freedom trail
On May 14, 2012, the Boston Globe did a profile on Park Superintendent Cassius Cash, which highlighted his work with the Boston African American National Historic Site. The article discusses his work with the Black Heritage Trail® and his efforts to elevate its profile.
Read the Boston Globe story here.
Hidden on the Hill Explores the North Side Community
On Wednesday May 23rd, the Boston African American National Historic Site was happy to co-host Hidden on the Hill along with the Museum of African American History, the Beacon Hill Civic Association, and the Beacon Hill Scholars. This event featured Education Director for the Museum of African American History L'Merchie Frazier, Boston African American National Historic Site's Historic Resource Study author Kathryn Grover, and Beacon Hill residents who all shared the history of their homes and neighborhood to a crowd of over 80 people.
Traces of the Trade Event a Success!
On Tuesday May 22nd, Boston African American National Historic Site was proud to host a screening and discussion of Traces of the Trade: A Story From the Deep North which chronicles the journey of the DeWolfe Family, the largest slave traders in the US, as they came to terms with their family's history. The evening featured remarks by Friends of the Charlestown Navy Yard's president Lois Seigelman, Superintendent Cassius Cash, and Site Manager Terry Brown. Following the screening, Dain and Constance Perry, descendants of both slaves and slave traders, led the audience in a thoughtful discussion of the legacy of slavery.
Men of Color to Arms presented in Stoughton
As part of their commemoration of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, Stoughton Public Library hosted Boston African American National Historic Site's newest outreach program "Men of Color To Arms!: The Story of the 54th Regiment." Over eighty people attended this event which was led by Ranger Ryan McNabb, 54th Company A President Emmett Bell-Sykes, and Colonel Dave Hencke of the present day 54th National Guard.