Last updated: March 7, 2023
David Walker & Maria Stewart House - 81 Joy Street
Several of Boston's most prominent African American activists resided at 81 Joy Street (originally 8, then 4 Belknap Street) in the early 1800s. David Walker, one of America's earliest abolitionist authors, and Maria Stewart, the first woman to speak publicly for abolitionism and women's rights, both resided here. Built in 1825, a three and a half brick home stood in this location on Belknap (now Joy) Street. The current building here today replaced the original building in 1902.
The Heritage Guild, Inc. installed an historical plaque on the house that reads:
8 Belknap Street
Maria W. Stewart 1803 - 1879
Controversial Black Abolitionist. Essayist, lecturer, religious activist. Her speeches, published by William Lloyd Garrison, were first publicly-delivered speeches by an American woman on politics and women's rights.
The Heritage Guild, Inc.
Grover, Kathryn, and Janine V. Da Silva. "Historic Resource Study: Boston African American National Historic Site." Boston African American National Historic Site, (2002), 42-45.