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By adamg - 6/30/20 - 9:01 pm

Greg Cook has the details of the vote to remove the statue that shows Lincoln standing over a half-naked now former slave.

By adamg - 6/29/20 - 10:28 am
Street scene in old Boston

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this scene. See it larger.

By adamg - 6/27/20 - 11:42 am

Corrinne Bourgoin wonders: Read more.

By adamg - 6/23/20 - 9:33 am

Greg Cook reports on Kevin Peterson's fast to have the historic hall get renamed for somebody other than a slave owner.

By adamg - 6/22/20 - 9:49 am

The State Library of Massachusetts recounts the struggle to get the Robert Gould Shaw memorial built across from the State House - including an effort in the 1980s to add the names of the Black soldiers who fell in battle with Shaw added to the names of the white officers whose names had initially been the only ones inscribed there.

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By adamg - 6/21/20 - 10:05 am

J.L. Bell recounts the reaction in London when news arrived there 250 years ago today of the Boston Massacre.

By adamg - 6/18/20 - 9:33 pm
Gears in the Lechmere drawbridge.

Some of the gears that made the Lechmere drawbridge work, now covered in dust.

The opening of the Lechmere viaduct across the mouth of the Charles in 1912 meant a dramatic reduction in the time it took trolleys to cross the river, from ten down to just three minutes - except when a cargo schooner came through and the trolleys had to stop for the viaduct's drawbridge to go up to let it through. Read more.

By adamg - 6/15/20 - 11:58 am

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this scene. See it larger.

By adamg - 6/11/20 - 9:00 pm

The statue has been in Park Square since the 1870s. Source.

As long as white people are getting woke, they need to do something about that cringe-worthy statue sort of hidden away in Park Square that shows a benevolent Lincoln waving away slavery on top of a half-naked black man on his knees - like get Mayor Walsh to stick the thing in a warehouse somewhere, Tory Bullock exclaims: Read more.

By adamg - 6/11/20 - 2:49 pm

In his defense of Christopher Columbus Park and the Columbus statue yesterday, state Rep. Aaron Michlewitz made it sound like both projects were always meant to honor the proud "North End people" of Italian descent, and that nothing should be done to either without their consent. Read more.

By adamg - 6/7/20 - 11:07 pm

Jake at HUB History took this photo today as crowds gathered at City Hall Plaza for the latest vigil and march. You would think a National Guard unit in Massachusetts, of all places, would know the significance of the large circle in front of the Old State House and not park an armed soldier and battle-ready Humvee right where authorities killed a black man, triggering events that ended with a revolution.

By adamg - 6/4/20 - 10:42 am

J.L. Bell reports on Boston in the fall of 1747.

By adamg - 5/26/20 - 11:50 am

Juliette Kayyem, who has been writing a lot of late about the current pandemic, reports on how the discovery of an old photo in a space nobody in her family knew about until they opened a bathroom ceiling due to water damage led her on a search that ended with her connecting online with the great niece of a woman whose daughter lived in the house until she died there in the third wave of the 1918-19 flu pandemic.

By adamg - 5/23/20 - 10:21 pm
Lechemere station after its opening in 1922

Lechmere station sometime after 1922. Source.

Tonight marks the last time the T will use the current Lechmere station for anything trolley related. It shuts tonight and in 11 months or so, there'll be a brand-new station nearby as the current tracks are extended towards Somerville.

Of course, what comes down must have gone up. Read more.

By adamg - 5/22/20 - 10:48 am
Kid and pumpkins in old Boston

Can you place the scene in this photo taken by Philip Hresko back in the day?

By adamg - 5/12/20 - 1:21 pm
Corner of Harrison and Beach - the one-story building

Boston is chock full of historic buildings. But not all of them are immortalized in poems or have plaques that explain why they're historic. Some require digging up research on your own - such as the building at the corner of Harrison Avenue and Beach Street in Chinatown, today home to the Corner Cafe Bakery and a Vietnamese sandwich shop. Read more.

By adamg - 5/8/20 - 9:42 am
Old Boston street scene with horse and wooden planks

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this scene. See it larger.

By adamg - 5/4/20 - 9:58 am

J.L. Bell delves into the world of paraphs, such as the one our own John Hancock used when signing the Declaration of Independence.

By adamg - 4/27/20 - 1:59 pm

J.L. Bell has been taking a look at the story of Onesimus, the slave owned by Cotton Mather, Increase's pride and joy, Boston Latin School graduate and champion of inoculation, who also didn't mind owning human beings. Read more.

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