“There’s a lot of money being thrown at the Harbor Islands now—they want to put hotels there and all kinds of things, but there were burials all over there, so that’s a battle we’re going to have.”
Friday marks 55 years since the assassination of Malcolm X, and the complexities of his life and his death are increasingly being examined from different angles. A lesser-known but fascinating character in Malcolm X’s life is Hakim Jamal, his “cousin” who, like Malcolm X, transformed from a Roxbury hoodlum to an author and activist.
"Skippy’s been around since, what, 1961? Skippy is Boston history."
Uncle Will’s grandmother, my spouse’s great-grandmother, was born into slavery and died as a free woman at the age of 108. Sometime during Reconstruction (1863-1877), the great-grandmother accrued a small plot of farmland that now awaits its fate, as her brood scrape together enough money to keep it.
The guards prepared to fight any slave hunters who entered Boston, and specifically patrolled the streets of the West End and the northern slope of Beacon Hill, which at the time was home to the majority of the city’s black population.
“Water is always going to be important to people ... As our landscapes change over time, our systems have to change to adapt.”
An abridged trudge through Boston’s long, repetitive history of opiate abuse
A glimpse of the days when sports stars shone closer to earth
Through the warts and beauty of it all (but mostly the warts), street photographer, sociologist, and activist Lewis Wickes Hine focused on the seedy underworld of child news distribution