Much of New England coast had been the home of many large and small native nations. They included such people as the Massachusetts, the Mahichans, the Wampanoags and many others. In 1620, the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth it was Massasoit, leader of the Wampanoag nation, that exchanged formal greetings with the pilgrims governor, John Carver
The first Africans arrived in Boston in February of 1638, eight years after the city was founded. They were brought as slaves, purchased in Providence Isle, a Puritan colony off the coast of Central America. By 1705, there were over 400 slaves in Boston. The American Revolution was a turning point in the status of Africans in Massachusetts. At the end of the conflict, there were more free black people than slaves.
See...Boston, the seat of protest against the British at the start of the Revolutionary War. Our history has been dominated by noted figures such as George Washington, Paul Revere, Benjamin Franklin and a score of other authentic heroes. But there were other heroes too…the names of African Americans that never found their way in the traditional history books are uncovered on our tour of Boston………
Learn...about Crispus Attucks who became the first person to die in the Boston Massacre in 1770.
Listen...to the sweet poetry of Phyllis Wheatley; brought to the United States as a Slave, she later became thefirst woman to publish a book of poetry in America in 1773.
Hear...about Prince Hall, the most successful activist of his time, established the first Masonic Lodge for Africans
Boston...is the largest college town in the world, with some of the most prestigious schools such as Harvard, MIT, Boston College, University of Massachusetts and Cambridge
"It was also a tremendous educational experience for our students. As Justine Johnson stated after the tour, “I always knew I wanted to go to college, but now I know I must go to college and earn my degree.” That is a powerful statement from a tenth grader.”