Beyond the Hill: Allies and Kindred Spirits

“I do not pretend to understand the moral universe, the arc is a long one... But from what I see I am sure it bends towards justice.”

- Reverend Theodore Parker, 1853

The nineteenth-century African American community of Beacon Hill both supported and relied upon a vast network of activists that stretched across the city, nation, and world. They worked within and beyond Beacon Hill for emancipation and civil rights. In doing so, they carried on the legacy of earlier revolutionaries and built the foundation for social movements to come.

Explore the centuries-long continuum for freedom and justice in Boston through the lenses of the allies of the Black abolitionist community of Beacon Hill as well as the kindred spirits who inspired them and carried on their legacy.


Last updated: January 19, 2021

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